U.S. Route 1 Widening Decision Coming Soon | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

U.S. Route 1 Widening Decision Coming Soon

Play associated audio
Traffic has only gotten worse on U.S. Route 1 in Fairfax County after the Department of Defense moved thousands of employees to Fort Belvoir.
William F. Yurasko (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wfyurasko/3711698304/)
Traffic has only gotten worse on U.S. Route 1 in Fairfax County after the Department of Defense moved thousands of employees to Fort Belvoir.

The Federal Highway Administration is on the verge of making a difficult decision for Virginians about how and where to widen U.S. Route 1, also known as Richmond Highway, in Fairfax County. 

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) last year helped secure $180 million to widen the heavily traveled north-south thoroughfare in an effort to accommodate the increased traffic because of BRAC-related expansion of Fort Belvoir. Now that the money is available, a new problem has emerged surrounding where should the road be widened. 

If it's expanded in its current location, it would go through a graveyard and encroach on a historic property. If a new route is created to the southeast, a horse stable would have to be closed to accommodate the new road. Moran says the lease for the Woodlawn stables is up 2015, which could influence the decision.

"There's no point in fighting to preserve them if they are not going to have their lease renewed or have their lease renewed at such a high rate that the current users can't even afford it," Moran says. 

Widening the rode is a high priority because Fort Belvoir already has thousands of new daily commuters.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 30

An artist plays with symbols in a series of paintings. Art sheds light on Palestine and its people in an upcoming festival.
NPR

Millennial Jews Do An About-Face, Start Keeping Kosher

According to a 2013 Pew Research Center study, nearly a fourth of millennial Jews are keeping kosher. That's almost twice the rate of their baby-boomer parents.
NPR

Napolitano: ISIS Was One Of Many Similar Threats We Were Tracking

The former Homeland Security secretary and Arizona governor also talks about security improvements since the Sept. 11 attacks, and the frustrations and potential solutions to the immigration debate.
NPR

Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static

One Los Angeles school is working technology into the learning process while avoiding traditional screen-time pitfalls.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.