VDOT to Study Traffic Crossing Potomac

Study will include area between Point of Rocks and Route 301.

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 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.

joe brewer November 28, 2012 at 12:41 PM
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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