Eugene L. Meyer's Dec. 5 article, "A Superhighway Creeping Along," about the U.S. 301 corridor [Metro] contained some inaccuracies and omissions.

Plans are not to build "a six-to eight-lane freeway . . . from Route 50 to the Potomac River." The Maryland Department of Transportation is studying an upgrade of U.S. 301 to a six-lane, limited-access highway with service roads, from U.S. 50 to Maryland 5 at Brandywine. Studies continue on whether to upgrade or bypass U.S. 301 through the Waldorf area, with no plans for a major upgrade of U.S. 301 south of the Waldorf area.

This has been anything but the secretive process that the headline on the story implied. The U.S. 301 Transportation Study Task Force includes residents, businesses, elected officials and environmental groups from the 50-mile corridor. It looked at the serious transportation problems in this region.

Projections showed traffic doubling on some stretches of U.S. 301 by the year 2020. Safety continues to be a concern along the existing divided highway, which has stoplights and a growing number of access points. The group approved 45 recommendations, calling for safety, highway, mass transit and land-use improvements. Out of a 75-member task force, 74 voted for the package.

The Post article also ignored the land-use recommendations that accompanied the highway plans. The task force called for strengthening local land-use policies to focus growth in designated areas and to improve the balance between jobs and households in the corridor. State and local governments are now working together to encourage the type of growth that would support such improvements.



Maryland Department of Transportation