McCartney: Hold the applause - American Legion Bridge plan poses environmental, financial risks

The deal between Maryland and Virginia to build a new, wider American Legion Bridge represents a victory for both regional cooperation and the battle against gridlock, but let’s pause and think before popping the champagne. Although a fix is surely needed at the region’s worst traffic bottleneck, the plan unveiled last week raises two important concerns. First, is it smart to keep investing in roads and cars in an era of accelerating troubles owing to climate change? Environmentalists and other critics say the two states would do better to spend their time and money on expanding transit options. (Wash. Post)

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