Virginia lawmaker seeks traffic aid for DC area

| Tuesday, January 14, 2003

A bill introduced last week in the Virginia House would require the state Transportation Department to develop a construction plan to help alleviate traffic congestion around the Washington, DC, area.

HB1396, sponsored by Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince William), calls for a second span parallel to the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge, carrying U.S. 301 across the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia, as part of an eastern bypass around the metropolitan area.

“During peak use periods, the present bridge structure is inadequate to accommodate even present traffic volumes efficiently and safely,” Lingamfelter wrote. A second span would “significantly reduce congestion along the Interstate Route 95 corridor.”

The bill has been sent to the House Transportation Committee.

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