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Posted at 6:26 PM ET, 02/16/2011

Bridging Virginia and D.C.

By William K. Stover, Arlington

Regarding the Feb. 13 Local Opinions commentary by Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity ["Arlington roadblocks to traffic relief"] chastising the Arlington County Board for its objections to widening Interstates 395 and 66: Let me point out that there are not enough bridges from Virginia into Washington. The usual result for prime-time commuting: Gridlock waiting to cross the bridges and gridlock inside the District once drivers have crossed the river. It makes no sense to widen roads when the end result is that the roads must all funnel onto only a few crossings.

Years ago, Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) put forth an idea for alleviating some congestion: Build an outer road through Fairfax and Loudoun counties that would connect to a new bridge into Maryland. That promising idea went nowhere. And there's little chance of reviving it in this economy.

The writer was Arlington police chief from 1978 to 1997.

By William K. Stover, Arlington  | February 16, 2011; 6:26 PM ET
Categories:  Arlington, D.C., DMV, HotTopic, Va. Politics, Virginia, development, economy, traffic, transportation  
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So we've gone from "HOT lanes discriminate" to "sue the peons for doing their jobs" to "there's no place for the traffic to go once it reaches DC".

If nothing else, the Arlington apologists are certainly creative. They never run out of reasons not to do anything about the congestion.

So the latest is "do nothing because dong SOMEthing won't save the world". Kind of like a patient telling the doctor not to bother with doing necessary surgery because the surgery won't make the patient live forever.

The reason we don't have "enough" bridges from Virginia to DC is the same reason why we don't have an adequate road network - the indulging and and eventual caving in to opponents by officials.

You're partly right about Rep. Wolf's idea for the proposed Techway between Fairfax/Loudon and Maryland. It did go nowhere - because Wolf caved in to the opponents who camped out on his lawn, followed him home from church, and harassed his wife at the grocery store.

We'll never get anywhere with the congestion until we stand up to opponents, including those in Arlington, and resolve to stay in the fight for the long haul, no matter what it takes - like Maryland did with opponents of the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge and the Intercounty Connector.

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 17, 2011 9:30 AM | Report abuse

So we've gone from "HOT lanes discriminate" to "sue the peons for doing their jobs" to "there's no place for the traffic to go once it reaches DC".

If nothing else, the Arlington apologists are certainly creative. They never run out of reasons not to do anything about the congestion.

So the latest is "do nothing because dong SOMEthing won't save the world". Kind of like a patient telling the doctor not to bother with doing necessary surgery because the surgery won't make the patient live forever.

The reason we don't have "enough" bridges from Virginia to DC is the same reason why we don't have an adequate road network - the indulging and and eventual caving in to opponents by officials.

You're partly right about Rep. Wolf's idea for the proposed Techway between Fairfax/Loudon and Maryland. It did go nowhere - because Wolf caved in to the opponents who camped out on his lawn, followed him home from church, and harassed his wife at the grocery store.

We'll never get anywhere with the congestion until we stand up to opponents, including those in Arlington, and resolve to stay in the fight for the long haul, no matter what it takes - like Maryland did with opponents of the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge and the Intercounty Connector.

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 17, 2011 9:33 AM | Report abuse

If you think the property owners in Great Falls on the Virginia side and Potomac on the Maryland side would allow a second crossing, then I have a bridge to sell you.

I mean, you're only talking the wealthiest people in both states.

Posted by: krickey7 | February 17, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

If you think the property owners in Great Falls on the Virginia side and Potomac on the Maryland side would allow a second crossing, then I have a bridge to sell you.

I mean, you're only talking the wealthiest people in both states.

Posted by: krickey7
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You have a point.

Between them and the well-organized obstructionists in Arlington, we'll likely never get relief.

Maybe they don't have to deal with the traffic and feel the pain like the rest of us.

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 17, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

This all speaks VOLUMES about the nature of WDC area politics and transportation "planning", just as did the chicanery with the misrouting of the North Central Freeway following JFK's asassination, sparking the MASS opposition to such freeways anywhere near Georgetown and Catholic University of America!

Posted by: DouglasWillinger | February 22, 2011 1:07 AM | Report abuse

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