Daily DC Item: I-66 Gets Wider

"Traffic" courtesy Flickr user mvjantzen

"Traffic" courtesy Flickr user mvjantzen

When I was growing up in Massachusetts I always hated Route 3. It was a two lane  North/South highway that connected New Hampshire and the suburban region where I lived with Boston. It was often packed during rush hour but was much emptier on the weekends.

Moving to Arlington I had the same feelings about I-66- except it’s always in a state of congested. This past weekend I was driving out to Tyson’s Corner and had to sit through the jam packed stretch from Arlington to Sycamore St. Looking at how many cars were out there I know I wasn’t the only one that wasn’t happy with the commute.
So you can imagine how happy I was to see that there has been some steps taken towards a widening of I-66 westbound. Yesterday I read a Washington Post article on the Capital Region Transportation Planning Board’s decision to reverse their original stance and allow phase one of a three phase widening of I-66 to go forward.
Now don’t get too excited, it looks like a completed project is years away but I was happy to hear that somebody is actually trying to do that.

I am a big fan of widening efforts- when that Route 3 road back home added a lane it made a huge difference to traffic. While I don’t think it’s the absolute answer I hope it does make some sort of impact to weekend and non-peak traffic.
What do you think? I’m interested in hearing some of the arguments against.

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