New Potomac River Crossings/The Techway
years, officials have considered building a second bridge over the Potomac River
despite multiple studies showing that a second bridge would actually increase
traffic. Potential locations discussed are west of where most Northern Virginians
live. New bridges at these locations would increase traffic cutting through
our neighborhoods and on east-west commuting corridors.
Supporters of the Techway include the development industry, which has long
wanted a new bridge to align with the various Outer
Beltway proposals, such as the Western Transportation Corridor. Construction
of a bridge and new beltway would open up large areas of rural land in Loudoun
County and Maryland to development.
Several potential crossing sites have been discussed, including Point of Rocks,
Route 28, Algonquian Parkway, and various locations just east of Leesburg.
A second Potomac crossing would bring
more traffic onto our roads, encourage more development in Loudoun County
and points west, and squander possibly as much as $2 Billion on a bridge that
won't solve our current traffic congestion. In a 1999 analysis, VDOT reported
that 75-84% of traffic on any bridge crossing in 2020 would be induced
Why it's important
Our most pressing traffic problems are east-west, not north-south. We need
traffic solutions that will work for the commuters of Loudoun County instead of
wasting taxpayer dollars on a new bridge that will bring more traffic onto Loudoun
A 2003 study commissioned by VDOT showed almost no demand for a new bridge.
However, in late 2004 several officials began publicly mentioning the idea again.
Virginia and Maryland remain in disagreement about the best location for a second
Virginia and Maryland state agencies
More details: Nine reasons to be concerned
about a second Potomac crossing, plus studies and other resources