In his Aug. 2 letter, "Washington Needs an Outer Bypass," Ed Debolt was dismayed by the National Capital Planning Commission's objections to the bypasses. Very many of us are delighted with its opposition.

Mr. Debolt went on to write: "And it can be constructive if it is accepted . . ." That's exactly the point. The bypasses are not being accepted. People appearing in public hearings, elected county and city officials in Virginia and Maryland, the Baltimore Council of Governments, and the National Capital Planning Commission all oppose this developers' and truckers' dream.

And the organized opposition is just getting started.


Ed Debolt and others who share his belief that bypasses will alleviate current traffic congestion should read the consultant's report on the bypasses.

That report shows that all 44 road segments the consultant analyzed would have more traffic -- with both east and west bypasses in place -- than exists today. Increases would range from 15 percent to 464 percent. Average speed on the regional road network 20 years from now, with both bypasses, would be 33 miles per hour. If the bypasses are not built, the average speed would be 32.2 miles per hour. This is progress?

Residents of the Washington metropolitan area should be more appreciative of today's traffic conditions. Twenty years from now, these will be looked back on as "the good old days."