WASHINGTON, DC—In response to a request from the developer of the $1.5-billion Capitol Crossing project, the Federal Highway Administration says that a study is necessary before it would even consider shutting down about a mile of I-395 to expedite construction.

“Closing I-395, a facility that carries 90,000 vehicles per day, was not considered during the environmental review process (of the Capitol Crossing project),” states Joseph C. Lawson, a division administrator with FHWA in a letter to District Department of Transportation Director Matthew Brown. “In order to consider closing the facility, DDOT would be required to perform an appropriate environmental review to determine the impacts to the human and natural environment.”

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