Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) wrote to National Park Service (NPS) Acting Director Dan Smith requesting an official update on the status of the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP) maintenance and repairs. The request comes after a 10-foot sinkhole appeared over the weekend, causing the shutdown of northbound lanes of the parkway between Chain Bridge Road and the Capital Beltway.
“Thousands of Virginians rely on the GW Parkway to get to and from work each day,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. “The current state of the GW Parkway is unacceptable. It’s a hazard and is causing congestion and serious traffic issues. I requested this update to stress the urgent need to make repairs so that Virginia residents have a safe and reliable commute.”
The full letter sent by Congresswoman Wexton can be read here.
In January, Congresswoman Wexton along with Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, Congressman Don Beyer, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton wrote to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in support of the National Park Service’s grant application for $126 million in funding to reconstruct an eight-mile stretch of the north end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway.