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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 05/19/2010

Loudoun blindly pushing senseless road widenings

By Washington Post editors

Loudoun County is pushing a plan to widen huge numbers of roads across the county, but residents are fighting back.

The plan is something right out of Robert Moses' 1950s designs: Draw bigger and wider roads everywhere, at even spacing, and design completely around the needs of cars to the exclusion of people. My grandparents used to live in South Florida (like so many others), where the entire landscape is filled with a grid of six-lane highways surrounding country clubs and housing subdivisions.

It's not a pleasant urban form, and is certainly not walkable or bikeable. It's not what Loudoun should aspire to look like.

Sadly, that's exactly what this plan envisions for Loudoun. Ashburn would become criss-crossed with six-lane expressways, between several freeways. The plan also calls for massive circumferential car capacity between Loudoun and Prince William County, despite the fact that current congestion is east-west, not north-south.

Loudoun planners, like so many others, just plugged their county into traffic modeling programs and out popped a set of road widenings.

Continue reading David Alpert's piece at Greater Greater Washington here.

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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