Bridge Foundation Construction to Continue until March 2019
A $1.8 billion project to build the foundation of the George Washington Bridge was approved by the state legislature last week, paving the way for construction to begin as early as March 2019.
The approval came amid a protracted controversy over the bridge’s financing and whether it should be built in partnership with the federal government, which has repeatedly criticized the state’s plan.
The project is also in the crosshairs of the Democratic National Committee and the National Association of Manufacturers, which say the project would cost the state $500 million and potentially shut down the bridge.
“I think it’s time to move forward and get it done, and that means building a bridge that works,” Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, said on a video posted to his Twitter account.
“The bridge that connects Maryland to the District of Columbia and the nation’s capital.”
The project is the largest bridge project in Maryland history and was approved in June after more than four years of deliberation.
The first phase of the project will cost more than $1 billion and will cost $250 million to repair and reconstruct the bridge, according to the governor’s office.
The project, which will be funded by $400 million from the state Department of Transportation, will be completed by 2021.
It is expected to be complete by 2019.
Construction of the second phase of construction will begin in 2021.
The new bridge will be able to accommodate about 10,000 cars per day, according the governor.
Construction is expected under a $1 trillion bridge replacement program, called the American Bridge and Safety Program, which was launched in 2011.
The program, which is funded by the federal Department of Homeland Security, includes $50 million for the bridge to be rebuilt.
The bridge, which carries about 12,000 vehicles a day, will also include a new bridge span to be built on the George Mason Bridge, which currently spans the Potomac River between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.
The bridge is one of several bridges in the nation to be replaced under the program.