The Virginia Department of Transportation (“VDOT”) proposes to expand I-66/I-495/Gallows Rd starting in 2017 (the “Transform 66 Project”). The Transform 66 Project includes taking (and destroying) 35 homes and parts of 109 properties, including land from the Bull Run Regional Park, the Manassas National Battlefield Park, Stenwood Elementary, and other public spaces.
Transportation in Northern Virginia needs to be improved. However, improvements to I-66 can and should be done within the existing right-of-way, as has occurred in Arlington. Moreover, rather than endless (and ultimately fruitless) expansions of I-66, we believe VDOT and the Commonwealth of Virginia should invest in further developing public transportation infrastructure, such as the Metro, the Virginia Railway Express (“VRE”), and commuter buses in our region.
This site is for anyone interested in joining the effort to #savedunnloring, #savevienna, and Transform 66 Wisely.