Longtime trails advocate and former state legislator David Brickley, owner of the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail, is asking Maryland and Virginia officials to keep the Rt. 301 bridge over the Potomac River exclusively for cyclists and pedestrians. Plans have called for demolishing the bridge once a new bridge is built .
Advocates worked with transportation officials for years to include a traffic-separated lane on the new bridge for bikes and walkers. But in November 2019, the Maryland Transportation Authority announced it would not include that lane, citing high costs.
A two-mile bike/pedestrian bridge “would be a model for our nation and would serve to provide the economic, health and tourism benefits for our citizens,” Brickley wrote last week to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. “Please consider this option before it is forever closed.”
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