Do You Support a Potomac River Crossing at Route 28?

Del. Minchew announces plans to submit a bill to study the feasibility of constructing a new bridge connecting I-66 and I-270.

During a Jan. 3 meeting between the Loudoun Board of Supervisors and the county's delegation to the Virginia General Assembly, Del. Randy Minchew (R-10) told supervisors that he planned to push a bill that would study the feasibility of constructing a new bridge across the Potomac River.

"I think that the truth of the matter is that we need to have another bridge crossing of the Potomac between the Point of Rocks Bridge at Route 15 and the American Legion Bridge at 495 in Fairfax County," Minchew told supervisors. "My personal belief is the only one that makes sense is Route 28 north into Maryland where it can hook up to the Intercounty connector and Interstate 270."

Minchew said the possibility of connecting Interstates 66 and 270 could make such a new crossing eligible for the federal Eisenhower Interstate System. It would also provide easier access to BWI Airport for Virginia and Dulles Airport for Virginians as well as connect the technology corridor between the two states.

"I'm not saying that it doesn't have some obstacles to it," Minchew said, referring to cost and opposition from Maryland. "But I think the time has come to appeciate that we need that bridge crossing and I don't see any other geographically sound site for having that bridge crossing."

What do you think? Take our poll and submit your comments below.

Jason January 27, 2012 at 10:38 PM
The bridge should have been built years ago. It will help the flow of traffic all around the area, especially in an out of Ashburn. It will also greatly lighten the load of travelers on 15 North which should be at least 6 lanes but thanks to the rich folks that live along it and receive tax breaks for it being a senic biway that hasn't happened yet. LET US NOT forget the Loudoun ONE is underway and we need more infrastructure to handle the added traffic.
Marcus Aurelius January 28, 2012 at 04:55 PM
LET US NOT FORGET that the One Loudoun Holdings, LLC – a venture of Miller & Smith and NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, should have provided proffers to mitigate this increase in traffic. It is certainly a matter for our new BOS to look at.
Jonathan Erickson January 28, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Delegate Minchews expertise? Eminent domain, kinda of sounds like a hired gun.
Dev August 14, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Great idea !!! This will distribute the traffic stress on I495 ... I completely support for this project ...
joe brewer November 28, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Minchew seems like a one trick pony. He keeps after this crossing at Route 28 when studies have shown that 60% or more of the traffic would be induced and provide more congestion not less.Must be for personal gain that he continues to push these studies and particular crossing at 28. Is he taking the no vote by the BOS and bypassing our Supervisor's vote? It looks like a end run. You cannot build it in Broadrun Farms unless you tear apart the neighborhood and upset the pollution at the Hidden Lane landfill Supersite which will dump TCE into the Potomac and destroy the wells. A bridge would cost over a billion dollars guess where that money will come from? More tolls, yikes!


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