Maryland– The replacement of the American Legion Memorial Bridge is a top priority for the Maryland governor. The American Legion Bridge replacement is part of a $7.6 billion widening of Interstates 495 (the Capital Beltway) and 270 in Maryland. The new bridge will be built within the current span’s existing footprint but will aim to reduce traffic congestion in the area surrounding the structure. The bridge will connect to three miles of high-occupancy toll lanes that Virginia is building. In November, the Maryland Department of Transportation issued a presolicitation information memo about the anticipated first phase of the project.
The state estimated that this initial scope of work would cost between $2 billion and $5 billion and include the design, construction and financing of managed lanes from Virginia into Maryland, rehabilitation of the American Legion Bridge, followed by operations and maintenance of the new infrastructure for 50 years. The schedule for the solicitation projects that the state’s Board of Public Works would approve the project for a public-private partnership this month. The next step would be the issuance of an industry-wide request for qualifications in April.