Hank Silverberg, wtop.com
WASHINGTON – The Interstate 66 corridor is already congested, but more cars, buses, trucks and construction are expected.
More than 340,000 people could move into the I-66 corridor in Fairfax and Prince William counties in the next 20 years, as Loudoun County’s strong growth continues.
Traffic forecasts say roads may soon be congested for more than 12 hours a day.
Virginia’s Department of Transportation is looking at options for the area between the Capital Beltway in Fairfax County and Route 15 in Prince William County where almost two million people live.
This week, VDOT wants to hear from commuters and residents.
Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart said keeping the traffic moving is vital to his county’s economy.
He has one big suggestion.
“Extend the 234 Bypass across the western end of the Manassas National Battlefield and up into Loudoun County to meet up with Route 50 and Route 7,” he said.
That would also connect I-66 directly to Interstate 95 without hitting the Beltway, Stewart said.
Other short term suggestions include adding more buses.
“Bus rapid transit would be a first step, but ultimately being able to expand rail, to expand Metro,” said Fairfax County Supervisors Chairwoman Sharon Bulova.
The first public meeting on transportation options is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Four Points Sheraton, 10800 Vandor Lane, Manassas.
A second meeting will be held 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at VDOT’s Northern Virginia District Office, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax.
Both meetings are part of environmental assessments for improving the I-66 corridor.
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