Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Kilgore on I-66

The Washington Post today has a good article on Jerry Kilgores plan to widen I-66 inside the beltway. Although I believe the idea to be a good one, I have doubts as to whether he will be able to get the localities in line behind the idea. Is all the funding state-level? On a related note, for those who don't live in NOVA, The Kilgore campaign has created signs that say vote Kilgore, widen 66, and have placed them at most every ramp on and off 66(even outside the beltway), and also on the Toll Road, and 28. Good marketing.

10 Comments:

At 11/01/2005 01:05:00 PM, Blogger Hirons said...

TC- you summed it up best with your last line - "Good Marketing". Widening of 66 inside the beltway will never happen. We'll have flying cars before anyone could get all the localities to agree on a widening plan and twist the federal requirements enough to allow widening.

This is a localized "No Car Tax" gimmick. Sure hope it works!

 
At 11/01/2005 02:32:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

I hope then, unlike the Gilmore car tax, that he doesn't do the job half way, and leave us in worse financial shape.

 
At 11/01/2005 02:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What money will we use to widen 66?

Could it be the "extra state money"?

Extra state money - that's about the funniest thing I've ever heard!

 
At 11/01/2005 05:38:00 PM, Blogger AWCheney said...

You're absolutely correct Scott. I remember the ORIGINAL fight to get 66 through Arlington County in the first place. It was probably the most locally unwelcome stretch of road in the Commonwealth and it turned into a real donnybrook!

 
At 11/01/2005 07:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one with a brain believes that Kilgore or any politician can get I66 widened inside the beltway without massive tax increases to buy the land. Houses in North Arlington start at $800k each. Even if the road is widened, the bridges and roads in DC are too anrrow to handle additional volume. Politicians lie but this is almost as silly as ANYTHING Chris Craddock says. Russ Potts, I love you!

 
At 11/01/2005 09:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This proposal guarantees that Kilgore will lose the few votes he has in Arlington.

 
At 11/01/2005 09:49:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

Russ Potts?

 
At 11/01/2005 11:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This isn't a new proposal. But it's a good one. Nothing done outside the beltway will amount to much if we don't do something about inside the beltway.

Given the problems with Hurricane Rita and the evacuatio of Houston, I'd have to think there would be some Homeland Security money, and federal help, available to widen the evacuation routes from DC.

It doesn't matter that the bridge is too small, commuters are also heading to this side of the bridge.

 
At 11/02/2005 12:18:00 PM, Anonymous Freddie said...

If we did not have I66 inside the Beltway, traffic would be even more of a mess. The big fight about building it was back in the day with the Democrats ran Virginia. Virginia has switched, but Arlington has not. The Arlington delegation to Richmond has very little influence on what happens.

There is room for another lane without buying land.

 
At 11/02/2005 02:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if they could build another lane, but re-work it so there are changeable direction lanes. 66 does seem to have a real morning/afternoon flow, and an "HOV"-like 2-lane reversable road between the other two roads would really help traffic.

We seriously have to figure out how to get people out of DC in an evacuation.

 

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