Widening I-66 between exits 67 and 71

Bi-partisan legislators want to widen I-66 between exits 67 and 71

VIRGINIA I-66Finally! After a lot of the talk about putting tolls on Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway, a group of bipartisan elected official are proposing what I’ve wanted for that corridor for years.

Northern Virginia legislators say widen I-66, don’t toll itThe Post

State Sens. Chap Petersen (D), Jill Vogel (R), Richard Black (R), Jennifer Wexton (D), Jeremy McPike (D), along with Dels. Michael Webert (R) and David Bulova (D) all signed the letter, which was released Wednesday. The group represent communities outside of the Beltway.

In the letter they say the state should widen I-66 inside the Beltway where it meets up the Dulles Toll Road. That section of roadway is a huge choke point for Northern Virginia commuters. Their request would modify the McAuliffe administration’s current proposal to begin tolling I-66 inside the Beltway instead of widening it.

The group says that according to estimates by the Virginia Department of Transportation, it would cost $122 million to widen a four-mile section from Mile 67 (West Falls Church) to Mile 71 (Ballston).

Back in 2005, I suggested the same. I was commuting from Pentagon City to Tysons daily (2001 – 2007) and then from Ballston to Tysons (2010 – 2013), using that four mile stretch they propose to widen.

Traffic study shows why I-66 is a messThe Post

This article notes that the biggest choke point is the section is between exists 67 and 71. My anecdotal observations suggest that a number of cars, probably statistically significant only use that portion of I-66. Not having to change lanes the whole way would help all traffic flow smoother. Put up some helpful overhead signs and I think the situation can be improved without great expense or expanding the roadway’s footprint significantly or at all.

It just makes a lot of sense, much more than a money grab that tolls would be. Making the widening happen, along with the growing Silver Line should provide some relief for the corridor and prepare it growth on other end of it.

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2016 Skiing in the Mid-Atlantic preview

Big January 22, 2016 stormWinter finally decided to show up and we even had some conversational snow on Sunday. Several days out, a significant snow storm is being forecast: WeatherUnderground (source of that image capture above) | Capital Weather Gang (The Post)

It’s time to talk about skiing.

This post if for you, @ouij.

This year I want to go somewhere I haven’t been in a while or ever. One place I’m openly investigating via the DCski.com forum is Elk Mountain in Northeast Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains. Any input? It got a good write-up in Washingtonian’s skiing preview earlier this season.

Of course, this weekend’s impending storm could change things.

I’ll been lax on my exercises, but I’m getting caught up. All that warm weather kept me cycling which helps the legs quite a bit.

Ski areas, reviewed

In addition to dcski.com, I’ve profile all the ski areas I’ve been over the last decade, especially Whitetail. Lots of Whitetail.

Whitetail – Tuscarora Mountains, Southern Pennsylvania (2011, 2013, 2015)
Massanutten – Massanutten Mountain, Virginia (2014)1000!
Timberline – Allegheny Mountains, West Virginia (2013)1000!
Blue Knob – Allegheny Mountains, Central-ish Pennsylvania (2012)1000!
Camelback – Poconos (2009 sand several times before)
Big Boulder – Poconos (2007 and many times previously)
Jack Frost – Poconos (2007)

I pretty much insist on at least 1,000 feet of vertical these days (though Whitetail is within 60 or 70 feet) and have marked those areas appropriately.

Oh all of those, I discourage Timberline though because it just isn’t well-capitalized enough to provide a 21st century experience. I hope the encroaching Corridor H (US 48) helps find some serious investment in lifts and snow-making.

Blue Knob is also under consideration. I think the Virginia resorts might just be too far south in this mild winter, but if we get another late-week storm, I’d go to Massanutten again. The story has changed since I started writing this post last week.

As always, an excellent resource for resort profiles is dcski.com. Also, if you have questions, head to the forum or facebook page. Someone also suggested gondyline.com for previews: VA | MD | PA | WV

Twitter list

I also created a twitter list last year of Mid-Atlantic skiing. It’s less depressing in recent weeks than it had been and sometimes it has real information other than just RT’ing people that say nice things!


Where’s my clutter free magazine?!

Remember when I mentioned last year that signing up for NASTAR would get you a few subscription to Ski Magazine. Welp, never got a copy. Boo NASTAR!

Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn

An inspirational playlist of skiing videos that even Warren Miller envies:

Now how can the climatic ski scene and ski pole duel (which needs lightsabres added to it) from Better Off Dead not be on youtube?

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