Outer Beltway Proposals
are considering proposals to build new north-south highways to the west of
our existing suburban communities. These highways would make traffic
congestion worse, not better.
These proposals have been called many
different names over the years, but they amount to the construction of an Outer
Beltway through Loudoun - one piece at a time. These proposals go by many names
- Western Transportation Corridor (WTC), Tri-County Parkway (TCP), Manassas
Battlefield Byass, and the Techway - but don't be fooled. Officials are also
talking about a new
Potomac River crossing.
An Outer Beltway would encourage new development, bring
more traffic, and squander our taxpayer dollars. If built, the TCP would have
major impacts on neighborhoods including Kirkpatrick Farms, Stone Ridge, Brambleton,
and River Creek.
An excerpt from the Washington Airports Task Force's (WATF)
November 2004 newsletter shows the connection between potential new development
and Outer Beltway segments.
Why it's important
Our major traffic problems are east-west. We need traffic
solutions that will work for the commuters of Loudoun County and upgrade our
local road grid.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Governor Kaine, county officials,
the federal government in cases that involve federal funding
In April 2007, the Transportation Planning Board revised the region's long
range plan and continued to support pieces of the Outer Beltway.
In November 2005, the Commonwealth Transportation Planning Board voted to
support the western route for the TCP, which would run through southern Loudoun
County. While the state has no funding for the project currently available,
VDOT is seeking construction proposals from private developers.
The Loudoun County Planning Commission continues to consider the WTC.
The federal government will release a final environmental impact statement
(FEIS), most likely in late 2006.
More information on the Tri-County
More information on the Western Transportation
More information on New Potomac River Crossings
Excerpt from the Washington Airports Task Force's (WATF)
November 2004 newsletter:
"Communities equal in population to the City of Alexandria are being
projected along Rt. 50 west of Dulles over the next 20 years... Collectively,
the developments would fund reconstruction of Rt. 50 as a six-lane limited access
highway to the Fairfax County border, as well as the construction of north-south
at-grade expandable highways to connect with the proposed Rt. 234 Bypass extension
at the Prince William County border. The WATF advised Supervisor Snow it could
support increased housing density given adequate regional access beyond Loudoun
County and developments compatible with flight operations."
The reference to "north-south at-grade expandable highways to connect
with the proposed Rt 234 Bypass extension" implies that this project is linked
to construction of the Outer Beltway proposals.