To all the voters who use the Thomas Johnson Bridge (TJ Bridge) at Solomons
I not sure if you heard about the controversy over the I-270/Beltway expansion project? Apparently, there are many local objections to the project so on behalf of the St. Mary’s Delegation I authored a letter to the Governor offering another option. If activist in Montgomery County do not want to address their traffic problems, we will gladly accept and would appreciate the funding to alleviate our traffic problems with the money to replace the TJ Bridge.
Dear Governor Hogan,
In Southern Maryland, we watched with interest as the debate and protests heated up over the planned
I-495/ I-270 expansion. We all agree with your conclusion that the Maryland commuter is in dire need
of relief from the “soul-crushing gridlock” that plagues so much of our state. Many Marylanders deal
with this issue daily, as our state ranks as one of the worst states for traffic congestion.
The effected citizens of Montgomery County have expressed concerns regarding the potential eminent
domain issue, and we do understand their concerns. Should the opportunity arise to discuss other
options for the funds slated for the expansion, we would like to propose an alternative project. As you
are aware, the top transportation priority for the Southern Maryland region is, and continues to be, the
replacement of the Thomas Johnson Bridge, its accompanying improvements to the Route 4/235
corridor, and the capacity improvements at the MD 235 interchange. This project will relieve commuter
congestion and allow proper support of traffic needs for the Naval Air Station at Patuxent River. It will
improve emergency evacuation plans and provide bike paths between Three Notch Trail and Solomon’s
The Thomas Johnson Bridge replacement and the accompanying improvements have been included in
the CTP since FY 2007, and have languished in the planning stage for far too many years. We encourage
continued recognition of this project as one of vital concern to the people of Southern Maryland, and
unlike the activists who are currently protesting the I-495/I-270 expansion, we would welcome and
appreciate the opportunity to receive the necessary funds to address our traffic issues.
Thank you for any consideration of this project.
Delegate Matt Morgan Senator Jack Bailey Delegate Brian Crosby Delegate Jerry Clark