I agree with Charles Pawling’s observation in his Nov. 7 letter, “Time to switch gears on congestion,” about our roads becoming congested “in the same spots at the same time.” I noticed that in the Gaithersburg-to-Beltway corridor when I moved to the area — in January 1973. But why shouldn’t roads have been congested? Back then we had only a four-lane Interstate 270 (called Interstate 70 South then) and a two-lane Maryland Route 355 to carry traffic.
Now it is 2017, and we are dealing with the same congestion. But why should we be? We now have a 12-lane I-270 and a six-lane Route 355. In addition, there are now the Midcounty Highway and the Great Seneca Highway (Maryland Route 119), four lanes each, to help bear the load. We have 26 lanes where once there were only six, and we still have congestion. And Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Mr. Pawling think adding even more lanes, possibly destroying hundreds of homes in the process, will finally cause the sun to set on congestion?
Mr. Pawling is right in saying “change is needed to cure the problem,” but repeating the failed solutions of the past does not constitute change. It only ensures that Mr. Pawling will wait a long time for his desired sunset.
Roger Burkhart, Gaithersburg