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Deja Vu: GOP VA-GOV Candidate's Impossible Plan to Widen I-66 Inside the Beltway

by: frankoanderson

Sat Oct 17, 2009 at 19:16:47 PM EDT


In a desperate move to draw votes in Northern Virginia, the McDonnell campaign has latched onto what was a failed plan for the Kilgore campaign four years ago:  widening Route 66 inside the Beltway.  Yesterday, in a radio ad from the US Chamber of Commerce, I heard a grandfatherly voice praising Bob for his plan.

I'm no civil engineering expert, but I can think of a few reasons why this would be impossible or unworkable:

1.  Whose houses in Arlington and Falls Church are you going to tear down in order to build the extra lanes?
2.  How will this help traffic when there is still a bottleneck at the Rosslyn Tunnel?
3.  Adding more lanes will inevitably increase traffic flow, which would turn Constitution Avenue into a parking lot.  

Lastly, it's practically illegal.  According to the Arlington Coalition for Sensible Transportation,

Widening I-66 violates the Coleman Decision and associated agreements between the USDoT, Virginia, and local residents.

The Coleman Decision, rendered by then-USDoT Secretary William Coleman on January 5, 1977, was an historic compromise that allowed I-66 to be created inside the Beltway by "guaranteeing" a four-lane limit. Further breaching this compromise would show nationally that highway agency promises to communities are worthless.

But Bob's campaign is betting on the votes of weary commuters looking for false salvation.  I wonder if there are some Arlingtonians out there who would be willing to speak out against this.

frankoanderson :: Deja Vu: GOP VA-GOV Candidate's Impossible Plan to Widen I-66 Inside the Beltway
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Funny you mention that
about I-66, and funny photo from the Kilgore campaign you used, too.... isn't that Frank Wolf and Tom Davis flanking the centerpiece? Where have they been so far this time around? I know Tom is keeping pretty quiet overall, now that he's "retired"  and only gets interviewed on rare occasions, but what about Frank? He sent me a letter imploring donations for his future campaign next year, since I'm apparently still on some old GOP master list; it was odd to hear from him at this time. Has he not been missing in action with McDonnell? Or, has he had fund raisers or rallies with Bobbie McD somewhere?

Good Question.
Where have Tom and Frank been in this campaign?  Maybe McDonnell is too radical for them.

Hilarious!!
Check out this youtube video of Frank Wolf campaigning in Winchester with Bob McDonnell.  Wolf keeps backing away and looking around, like he's scared to be within 10 feet of Bob.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...


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