The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced this week that it plans to examine future travel demand across the Potomac River in the Washington metropolitan area.
The study will look at cross-river traffic and movement at existing crossings from Points of Rocks (Route 15 north of Leesburg) in Virginia to Route 301 in Maryland. The work is set to begin in the coming weeks, with completion expected in the spring. VDOT will keep the DC and Maryland departments of transportation informed about the study, which will develop a common set of data from which Virginia, DC and Maryland can discuss approaches to ease congestion and increase multi-modal mobility among the three jurisdictions.
The study aims identify problems, not recommend solutions such as specific bridges or other improvements. The next step after the study will be for the jurisdictions to develop a collaborative strategy to address the demand.
Del. Randy Minchew (R-10) issued legislation to examine a new crossing during this past year's Virginia General Assembly session, which he plans to push again in the coming session. Loudoun supervisors have been divided on the issue.