Traffic is choking our region, and tax dollars are scarce. We need to invest in sustainable solutions for transportation, like the Silver Line, new transit connections, bike and pedestrian improvements, and repairs to existing roads. But lobbyists are pushing for an unneeded and wasteful Outer Beltway that would take resources away from where they’re really needed.
The Outer Beltway would do nothing to solve our traffic problems, but it’s been shown time after time that transit does. It’s time we show Virginia leaders where we want our money spent.
Please sign our petition calling on Governor McDonnell and Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton to stop this unneeded and fiscally irresponsible highway. Once you sign the petition, please take a moment to pass it on to a few friends. We'll let you know when we present the petition to elected officials and decision makers.
The state is at a crossroads. Taxpayer funding is limited and we cannot afford to waste billions of dollars on roads that will not address our major congestion problems and would, in fact, make our traffic problems worse. We need to focus on fixing major commuter routes, potholed roads, and aging bridges and transit systems instead of opening more land to speculative development.
For these reasons, we oppose the proposed Outer Beltway in Northern Virginia, which would extend 50 miles from I-95 in Stafford County to Leesburg.
Furthermore, this four to six-lane new highway would run through the unprotected historic district and landscape on the western side of Manassas National Battlefield. It would destroy the sense of history around Brawner Farm, site of some of the most intense fighting of the Second Battle of Manassas.
Thousands of cars and trucks, with their noise and pollution, would scar this hallowed ground. Yet, it doesn't have to be this way because reasonable, alternative transportation solutions are available, and would protect this national historic site. As we commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, we must honor our history not destroy it.
For these reasons, we urge you to invest our tax dollars wisely and to permanently protect one of Virginia's, and the nation's, most historic sites. We urge you to oppose the proposed Outer Beltway in Northern Virginia and the destruction it would cause at Manassas Battlefield.
Don't waste our money. Don't destroy our history.