July 20, 2017

WAMU quotes Evan Pritchard regarding the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board’s vote to further study the idea of building another Potomac River bridge

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Venable partner Evan Pritchard was quoted in an article in WAMU on July 20, 2017, regarding the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board's (TPB) vote to include the idea of building another Potomac River bridge on a list of 10 major highway, transit, and land use initiatives warranting further study to assess their possible benefits to the region’s transportation system. 

Opponents argued that the idea already has been studied for decades by both Democratic and Republican administrations in Virginia, who repeatedly failed to convince their neighbors in Maryland to support such a project. 

To supporters, it is a no-brainer: a region expecting another million residents in the coming decades needs more ways to cross the Potomac. 

During his testimony to the TPB, Pritchard, who also serves as chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, said the region should have built multiple bridges across the Potomac decades ago to avoid the current traffic quagmire.

"The need for additional river crossing north of the American Legion Bridge is as apparent today as it was half a century ago," Pritchard said.