Strong Support by Board for Westbound I-66 Widening
Feb. 23, 2009
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting today, affirmed strong support for the construction of the three planned spot improvements on westbound I-66 inside the Beltway. Following a joint board matter among Chairman Sharon Bulova and the two county members of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Transportation Planning Board (TPB) — Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine Hudgins and Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth — members of the Board of Supervisors agreed to a reconsideration vote on the project at the March 18 TPB meeting to reflect the board’s support.
At its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 18, the TPB voted against the inclusion of the I-66 spot improvements projects inside the Beltway in the FY 2010 to 2015 Transportation Improvement Program and the 2009 Constrained Long Range Plan.
A letter from Virginia Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer clarified the status of a long-term, multi-modal study of alternatives in the I-66 corridor inside the Beltway. He said that the study is underway and public comment is scheduled for April with completion later this year. According to Homer, once completed, this study will become part of the larger I-66 environmental impact study for I-66 outside the Beltway. The larger study is anticipated to begin in the May/June time frame.
The Board of Supervisors thanked the secretary of transportation for his clarification of the study’s status. It also requested that the clarification and regular updates as the project moves forward be sent to all elected officials representing the county.
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