Virginia Aims at Dead-End Roads

Virginia Aims at Dead-End Roads

An article in today’s Washington Post talks about Virginia’s road code changes intended to end cul-de-sacs in neighborhoods.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/21/AR2009032102248.html?sub=AR

The same concepts are used in the White Flint Sector Plan traffic planning process: a robust network of roads, permitting the use of alternate routes instead of widening thoroughfares, slowing traffic, increasing walkability. The article mentions the attempts to make Tyson’s Corner a more walkable area, but doesn’t mention White Flint.

Another article in today’s Post discusses the new “Silver Line” extension of Metrorail into Loudoun County, described as the only major area in the Washington Metropolitan area without a major highway or transit. The prospect of the new subway line is enticing moribund development plans, based on the transit “gateways” brought by the new heavy rail line.

Barnaby Zall

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