The Baltimore-DC Building Trades unions released a poll by the Democratic research and strategy firm GBAO finding widespread support (57%-36%) among Montgomery County voters along the route included in the I-270/I-495/American Legion Bridge traffic relief proposal supported by Governor Larry Hogan and other elected officials.
Additionally, two-thirds of voters (66%-33%) cited the project’s economic impact as a convincing reason to support the plan when read the statement: “This project alone would provide an estimated $3.7 billion boost to the Maryland economy and 7,500 new, well-paying jobs in construction and other industries – including union jobs with benefits.”
“As President Joe Biden pushes ahead with his bipartisan plan to create millions of new middle-class jobs by rebuilding America’s infrastructure, this project in Montgomery County offers our best hope in Maryland to quickly put thousands of Building Trades members to work,” said Baltimore-DC Building Trades President Stephen Courtien. “Our members and most families in the Capital region waste too many hours stuck in traffic. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address that problem and put men and women back to work after a very tough year.”
Even after more than a year in which the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily reduced congestion, 70% of Montgomery County voters along the route consider traffic on I-495 a serious problem and 69% say the same about traffic on I-270.