Hudgins, Smyth Vote “No” on Improving I-66
So federal, state, and local politicians all talk about how Northern Virginia needs money for transportation, right? So Frank Wolf and Tom Davis go out and get roughly $30 million in federal funds for I-66 improvements, and Supervisors Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) and Linda Smyth (D-Providence) say “Thanks, but no thanks.” (see here and here)
Are you f’n kidding?
The money is just sitting there, ready for us to use it to add another lane on Westbound I-66 inside the Beltway, widely recognized as one of the most congested roads in the nation. No one should know this better than Smyth, since I-66 runs through the heart of Providence District.
Lowell gave this thumbs up to the opposition, standing on principle against road expansion of any kind. That’s fine for an outside interest group, but for two public officials in a County where traffic is far and away the number one issue, this is a failure of leadership.
Smith and Hudgins are both up for re-election in 2011. Let’s see how they explain to their constituents why they want them to sit in traffic.