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In partnership with the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration and the Maryland Transportation Authority, Accelerate Maryland Partners will deliver faster, more reliable travel choices to the National Capital Region.  

AM Partners is led by Transurban and Macquarie Capital and includes the design expertise of Dewberry Engineers Inc. and Stantec Inc. and construction management expertise of Bechtel. The team is supported by exclusive Maryland-based subconsultants Soltesz Inc., Whitney, Bailey, Cox & Magnani LLC, STV Incorporated, ECS Mid-Atlantic LLC and Floura Teeter Landscape Architects. Tutor Perini was selected as the design and construction (D&C) contractor for Phase 1 South.

INVESTING IN MARYLAND’S INFRASTRUCTURE & OUR COMMUNITY

The New American Legion Bridge I-270 Traffic Relief Plan is an effort to reduce congestion for millions of travelers in the National Capital Region.

The project is focused on replacing the aging American Legion Bridge and relieving traffic congestion at one of the nation's biggest bottlenecks. It will provide new options and opportunities for transit riders, carpoolers, cyclists and pedestrians across the interstates, both in Maryland and Virginia.

The New American Legion Bridge I-270 Traffic Relief Plan is comprised of Phase 1 South and Phase 1 North and is part of the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration's (MDOT SHA) Op Lanes Maryland Program.

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WHERE DOES THE PROJECT TAKE PLACE?

Phase 1 South of the New American Legion Bridge
I-270 Traffic Relief Plan
will include two new High Occupancy Toll (HOT) managed lanes in each direction from south of the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Fairfax County, Va., to
west of MD 187 (Old Georgetown Road) in Montgomery County, MD.

On I-270, the project will convert the existing high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction to a HOT managed lane, and add one new HOT managed lane in each direction on I-270 from I-495 to north of I-370, and on the I-270 east and west spurs.

When completed, the new HOT lanes will reduce traffic system-wide by 13% during AM peak and 38% during the PM peak. Additionally, vehicle hours of delay on all Montgomery County arterials will be reduced by 4.8% daily, and system-wide, traffic on local arterials is expected to reduce by 3.5%. This includes improvements to Prince George’s County’s local network, despite no physical roadway improvements in the county. Phase 1 South will be delivered first with immediate focus on addressing the regional bottleneck at the American Legion Bridge.

 

$3.3 Billion

IN SALARIES, WAGES AND BENEFITS

$12.6 Billion

IN CONSTRUCTION RELATED ECONOMIC ACTIVITY

43,400

JOB-YEARS OF EMPLOYMENT (A JOB-YEAR IS ONE JOB LASTING FOR ONE YEAR)

According to a study completed by the Center for Regional Analysis (CRA) at George Mason University for Phase 1 of the New American Legion Bridge Project.

AM PARTNERS COMMITMENTS

AM Partners is excited to begin engaging with communities and bringing transformative congestion relief to the National Capital Region.

We are committed to:

  • New American Legion Bridge that includes traffic relief benefits and a bike and pedestrian trail connecting trails in Maryland and Virginia.

  • Giving transit and HOV 3+ travelers free usage of the HOT lanes, providing opportunities for faster, more reliable travel and encouraging car-sharing, vanpooling or carpooling.

  • Ensuring all travelers can continue using the general purpose lanes throughout the corridor free of charge, and often enjoying faster travel

  • Providing transit services worth $300 million along the Phase 1 South corridor in close coordination with Montgomery County. *

  • Providing $25 million for an Innovation Alliance that will identify and plan for emerging mobility technologies in partnership with Maryland. *

  • Committing $5 million during construction for bike and pedestrian safety improvements supporting Vision Zero in Montgomery County.

  • Providing water quality mitigation for an impervious surface acreage in excess of project requirements.

  • Putting small, disadvantaged, minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses to work.

  • Avoiding and minimizing impacts to residents, travelers and the environment during construction.
    * Over the life of the operating term agreement.

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