FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s transportation department is throwing cold water on the prospect of a new Potomac River Bridge between Montgomery County and northern Virginia.
The Frederick News-Post reported Saturday that an agency spokesman says such a project could infringe on agricultural preservation efforts in Montgomery County.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Baltimore Could See A High Of 90 Degrees On Memorial Day
Spokesman Jack Cahalan says the state’s commitment to environmental protection and smart growth are other impediments to the project.READ MORE: Two Teenagers Shot, One Killed, At Inner Harbor During Memorial Day Weekend, Police Say
Cahalan says officials of the two states discussed the topic last month at a meeting initiated by Virginia’s transportation
Proponents say a new bridge could divert traffic from the Capital Beltway and allow drivers to bypass Washington.
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