Transportation panel to reconsider Gov. Hogan's plan to reconstruct the American Legion Bridge
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) is set to reconsider Governor Larry Hogan's Traffic Relief Plan during their July 21 meeting. The focal point of the meeting concerns reconstruction of the American Legion Bridge that goes along with Hogan's vision to relieve traffic congestion along the Capital Beltway in Montgomery County. “Momentum is growing for our bipartisan interstate plan to fix the American Legion Bridge and relieve traffic congestion on the Capital Beltway," Hogan said in a statement issued Thursday. "This multimodal project will address one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in the country, add more transit services as well as bike and pedestrian paths, and free up funding to advance projects across the state." Back in June the TPB voted to sideline the project in part because some in Montgomery County, including County Executive Marc Elrich, feared it would add toll lanes on I-270 from the Capital Beltway to I-370 in Gaithersburg. Hogan insisted no new toll lanes would be added, after he and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam partnered to craft the plan in November 2019. "With this plan, no one will be required to pay any tolls, all existing lanes will remain free, and billions of dollars in road improvements will be made without any new taxes. Nearly 70 percent of Marylanders support this project to address the second-worst traffic congestion in America. This marks a monumental achievement for our region," said Hogan at the time. Hogan on Thursday called those concerned about the project "out of touch," and accused them of trying to sabotage the project. “A tiny group of out-of-touch Montgomery County politicians continue to try and sabotage the project, catering to pro-traffic activists at the expense of the overwhelming majority of residents who want something done about the traffic and who support our plan," said Hogan. State officials including Hogan say in the event the TPB doesn't reverse its decision, several other road projects including the American Legion Bridge could be in jeopardy. "Their actions threaten to derail the new American Legion Bridge, the whole plan, and critical projects throughout the region," said the Governor.