Northern Virginia

American Legion Bridge Replacement Project

American Legion Bridge Replacement

Back in November 2019, the governors of MD and VA announced the replacement project of the aging American Legion Bridge that connects Maryland and Virginia. Any updates on the replacement program will be posted here.

Key Facts

  • The bridge opened in 1962
  • Daily traffic has grown 390% since the opening
  • 235,000 vehicles pass the bridge daily

The Proposed Replacement Program

  • To use a public-private partnership (toll)
  • 12-lanes wide
  • 4 express lanes – two in each direction (private contractors have the right to charge tolls)

Updates (Newest first):

DRPT (Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation) and MDOT (Maryland Department of Transportation) have finished a study to find solutions that can be implemented to reduce congestion, and enhance existing multimodal mobility and connectivity. They are finalizing the findings and recommendations for the I-495 American Legion Bridge.

I-495 American Legion Bridge Transit/TDM Study (you can read the report here)

The agencies are seeking public input on the recommendations. It will be a virtual public meeting. You have to register to attend the public hearing. Here is the information.

  • January 12, 2020, at 7:00 PM
  • Register here
  • Provide public comment at the conclusion of the presentation

If you are not able to attend the hearing, you may also leave comment in the following ways:

  • Online form: (currently down)
  • Leaving a voicemail: (703) 253-3324
  • Mailing Address: DRPT Attn: Ciara Williams. 1725 Duke Street, Suite 675. Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Between December 21, 2020 – February 1, 2021

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