Best and worse of 2005 in transportation…

Finally back from a very balmy Christmas spent in Norfolk with the family. We drove down using the less traveled route, picking up Route 301 here in Brandywine and then taking Route 17 all the way into Newport News and across the James River bridge to my brother in law’s home. I’m pleased to say that traffic was nowhere near as bad as what we experienced doing the I-95 route, albeit the road does have the occasional traffic light.

Speaking of traffic, AAA Mid-Atlantic put out it’s best and worse of 2005 in transportation list for our area. The to-be proposed HOT lanes (and the associated private/public “partnership”) made the “best” list, as well as the progress on three major transportation projects in our area: the Springfield Interchange (our favorite Mixing Bowl), the Woordrow Wilson Bridge project, and the possible realization of an Inter-County Connector (or ICC) here in the Maryland suburbs.

Among the “worse” entries is the fact that we top out the list for big-city crashes, although we’re only third for congestion. Our big-city crash issue is so big that a study by Allstate Insurance ranked Washington DC as the most dangerous city to drive in (we ranked 196 of 196). Also making the “worse” list was Washington DC’s zero tolerance law and Maryland’s ranking of ninth among the deadliest states in the nation for alcohol related traffic deaths.

I guess 2005 didn’t really fare too well for our area transportation wise. Let’s all hope for a safer and more traffic-free 2006 (yeah, right).

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