On Tuesday, April 28 six citizens from Fairfax County spoke to the Fairfax Board of Supervisors on I-66 widening impacts. VDOT’s widening plan threatens to take many homes away, and pave over the area with a state road plan in direct opposition to Fairfax County planning. A remarkable transformation has been taking place in the Dunn Loring/Merrifield area during the past few years, a sign that Fairfax County’s redevelopment vision is working. Should VDOT be permitted to destroy this vision and the neighborhoods to serve longer commutes by automobiles?
The latest I-495/I-95 Express Lane data shows that they are actually moving far fewer people per hour than normal “general purpose” lanes. While claims that the Express Lanes would bring increased efficiency, more buses, and more capacity, epirical data from the Virginia Express Lanes in operation shows that the numbers aren’t even close. VDOT has shown no reason to believe that I-66 Express Lanes would be any more efficient.
The Board of Supervisors heard the project’s human price that would be paid for by folks living near transit, while the purported benefits are quite questionable. There will be many more opportunities for the board to hear residents’ concerns in the months ahead.