HOT lanes: Don't fence us in
One reason that Arlingtonians and Alexandrians are unhappy with The Post editorial board's relentless drumbeat to widen highways in those jurisdictions ["Arlington County wins a battle over HOT lanes but may lose a war," Feb. 10] is that they already bear more of the highway brunt than any other places in the metropolitan area -- way more.
Just look at the number of lane-miles of interstate highway compared with the size of each jurisdiction. The average for the region is 1.39 lane-miles per square mile. It's 2.34 for Arlington and 2.90 for Alexandria. This is considerably more than in the District and in Prince George's, Fairfax, Montgomery and Prince William counties.
One friend describes her Arlington neighborhood of Cherrydale as "a median strip between I-66 and Lee Highway."
Arlington is happy to do its part to help people get from place to place. We ask only that they traverse our county in groups -- on Metro or in carpools -- rather than in single-occupant cars that keep encroaching onto our median strips, er, neighborhoods.
The writer is a member of the Arlington Coalition for Sensible Transportation.
Peter Harnik, Arlington
| February 21, 2011; 7:12 PM ET
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