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TIFIA Loan Benefits Ongoing $463 Million Project; Completion Targeted for Early 2023


BALTIMORE, MD (March 24, 2022) – The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved a $200 million federal loan to finance part of the nearly $463 million replacement of the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial/Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge, an 81-year-old span across the Potomac River between Charles County in Maryland and King George County in Virginia.

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), identified the federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan program as a resource to help finance a portion of the project. Approval was granted March 15.

Work continues on the $463 million Nice/Middleton Bridge Replacement Project over the Potomac River connecting Maryland and Virginia on US 301. For additional photos and details on the bridge progress, go to the project webpage HERE.

“The Nice/Middleton Bridge project is a tremendous investment that benefits mobility safety and economic opportunity for the entire region,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary and MDTA Chairman James F. Ports, Jr. “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.”

In November 2019, the MDTA Board approved the contract for the Skanska-Corman-McLean Joint Venture to design and build the new US 301 bridge over the Potomac River. Construction began in July 2020, and the new bridge is expected to open in early 2023. The project is creating 500 jobs. In addition to Maryland and federal funding, Virginia is contributing $13 million to the project. The TIFIA loan repayment will be made exclusively from pledged toll revenues collected at MDTA facilities.

“Construction is well underway, and this TIFIA loan is just one more step toward making the New Nice/Middleton Bridge a reality,” said MDTA Acting Executive Director William Pines, P.E.

The Hogan Administration championed construction of a new, wider and safer bridge to replace the 1.9-mile Nice/Middleton span, which opened in December 1940. The project will replace the existing two-lane bridge with a new four-lane span aligned with the existing roadway approaches in Maryland and Virginia. The new bridge’s 12-foot-wide lanes with 2-foot shoulders will double capacity and improve safety, enhancing emergency response and maintenance/inspection activities. The new bridge design also includes more than $2 million in features to accommodate lane sharing for cyclists.

The height of the new bridge will accommodate tall vessels, and materials from the demolished older span will be used to create an artificial fish reef. In addition, the MDTA and Skanska-Corman-McLean are partnering with the Potomac River Fisheries Commission and Maryland Department of Natural Resources to fund oyster seeding in the lower Potomac River basin.

For more information about the Nice/Middleton Bridge Replacement Project, please visit

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