Bridging Virginia and D.C.
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.
William K. Stover, Arlington
| February 16, 2011; 6:26 PM ET
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