Alliance Calls on TPB to Get I-66 Traffic Moving – in at Least One Direction
The Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance today called upon the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) to approve testing westbound spot improvements on I-66 inside the Capital Beltway for air quality conformity in the region’s 2007 Constrained Long Range Plan (CLRP) and 2008-2013 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
In testimony before the TPB, the Alliance stated, “High current and future congestion levels in both directions are beyond dispute. It’s time to get people moving in the Interstate 66 corridor in at least one direction.”
The Alliance observed, “Despite being one of the region’s most multi-modal corridors, Interstate 66 is one of its most congested – not for lack of bike or rail capacity, but for lack of road capacity. The Idea-66 study (conducted by VDOT) shows that neither Dulles Rail nor HOV-3 regulations are sufficient to handle future Interstate 66 volumes, and that additional highway capacity is the most effective multi-modal solution.”
The Alliance pointed out that I-66 inside the Beltway has been extremely effective in taking traffic off local neighborhood streets. However, I-66 is also a major link to District of Columbia and Arlington employment centers as well as a major evacuation route. Failure to widen I-66 only hastens the day when more District and Arlington employers move beyond the Beltway to be closer to more of their workers and threatens the lives of tens of thousands of area residents in the event of a major disaster, the Alliance noted.
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