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A 2009 highlight: 4th lane on I-95

A stretch of Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia that is notorious for its bad traffic got wider as of today, with the addition of a fourth northbound lane between Occoquan and Springfield. The extra southbound lane will be done next year.

This is one of the few improvements I can think of to our transportation system during 2009. Given that we are one of the most traffic-congested regions in the nation, we should be doing better.

Other upgrades that I'd list for 2009 include the re-introduction of the Next Bus system for tracking Metrobuses, the completion of paving on Benning Road NE, the introduction of the limited stop S9 Metrobuses between downtown Washington and Silver Spring and the new bike lane on 15th Street NW.

Am I being too gloomy in making such a short list? What have I forgotten. Over on our group discussion, called Taken for a Ride, I'm asking travelers to chime in by adding to my list. (You could take away from my list, too, if you think I'm actually being too positive about some of those improvements.) Also note that I'm listing only done deals, not progress in building still-incomplete projects, like the HOT lanes, Dulles Metrorail or the Intercounty Connector.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 16, 2009; 10:09 AM ET
Categories:  Driving , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock  
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