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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 05/17/2012

VDOT pushes widening I-66 despite own data

When the Virginia Department of Transportation began its “multimodal” study of Interstate 66 inside the Beltway, many assumed that this was just a formality and, regardless of what the models showed, VDOT would recommend widening the road. Turns out, that seems to be exactly what’s happening.

When VDOT wanted to widen I-66 in a few places, local leaders argued that it hadn’t studied the corridor thoroughly enough. Under pressure, the agency agreed to do a study, and the results are now coming out.

According to VDOT’s own data, an option that doesn’t require widening I-66 would do more for mobility than widening it. Despite this, VDOT officials told a group of citizen and government stakeholders on Tuesday that it plans to recommend the widening option. Was this just a foregone conclusion from the start?

[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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