Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley are discussing building a new Potomac River crossing to ease traffic on the Beltway.
Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton told reporters Wednesday that the two governors are reviving discussions of the project, which has been proposed several times in recent years only to collapse under local and envirnonmental concerns.
“This is something that obviously has enormous support in the region. It may not have support from all the special interests, but it is something that is long overdue for us to really examine very seriously,” Connaughton said. “Gov. McDonnell had raised this with Gov. O’Malley, and we are starting the process. I’ve already had some discussion with them about a joint effort.”
Connaughton would not say where the second crossing being discussed would be placed, but argued it's needed to relieve Beltway congestion.
“Imagine if you can get one out of every eight to nine cars off the [Beltway],” he said. “There’s not another improvement we can make with that sort of impact on traffic.”