Maryland will get a $200 million federal loan to help finish the replacement of the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial/Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge that connects Southern Maryland with the Northern Neck of Virginia.
The low-interest loan will help finance roughly one-third of the $463 million needed to replace the 1.9-mile, two-lane bridge crossing the Potomac River between Charles County and King George County.
Maryland Transportation Secretary and MDTA Chairman James F. Ports, Jr. said that the project would be a major investment, benefiting the entire region.
“It’s a great example of how Maryland, working in collaboration with our federal partners, can leverage limited resources to improve infrastructure and grow jobs,” Ports said.
Maryland approved a contract to design and build the new bridge in 2019. Construction started in July 2020. The new bridge has been slated to open in early 2023.
The new, four-lane bridge will be tall enough to accommodate large ships and will address safety and emergency response concerns.