Hogan announces replacement for Gov. Nice Bridge
$800 million project expected to open in 2023
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced Monday afternoon that the state will be moving forward on building a replacement for the Gov. Harry Nice Memorial Bridge, which will break ground in 2020 and be completed by 2023.
The Maryland Transportation Authority unanimously voted to replace the bridge on Monday morning and Hogan’s approval of the plan sealed the future of the bridge replacement.
The project design will be completed in 2018
and the overall cost of the project will be $806.3 mil- lion, Hogan said, which is a “significant” decrease in costs from the Southern Maryland Delegation’s proposed bridge replacement plan that Hogan said would have cost $1 billion and delayed the bridge’s opening until 2030.
State Secretar y of Trans- portation Pete Rahn said the bridge will be “to the north” of the current bridge. It will have two lanes going in both direc- tions in hopes of prevent- ing serious backups due to accidents or vehicle is- sues. The bridge will also feature shoulders and bik- ing lanes, Rahn said.
Replacing the bridge was “always a priority” for the Hogan administration, he said, despite legislators trying to “blatantly misin- form” constituents. There were misguided “special legislators and special in- terest groups” pushing against the bridge in the background, he said, and that threatened the administration from doing its job and finding a way to replace the bridge.
Local legislators were “working strongly against the overwhelming desire of their constituents to build the bridge,” he said. “They played political games by voting to delay and to interfere and potentially kill our ongoing efforts to replace this bridge.”
Commissioner Ken Robinson (D) said despite Hogan’s accusations of legislators trying to play political games, “I’m going to focus on the positives of this.”
“From the positive, this is a historic day for the county. There have been so many who have tried to make this a reality so I am basking in the glory of the Maryland Transportation Authority taking a unanimous vote to get this done,” he said.