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Study will look at traffic between the Potomac and Dulles airport

Saturday - 6/25/2011, 7:36am  ET

Max Smith,

WASHINGTON - Dulles Airport and the Potomac River aren't going anywhere, so what can we do about the traffic funnel they create?

"Pretty much all of Loudoun county's traffic goes funneling through this short piece of land between the airport and the river," says Loudoun County Supervisor Andrea McGimsey.

She proposed a study, approved this week by the board, to look at where traffic stands now in the area, and ways to improve it.

It will look at roads like Route 7, Route 606 and the Dulles Greenway and other cross-county routes.

As well as affecting people passing through, the lack of alternate options really hits people living in areas like Ashburn and Leesburg.

"This is the area they have to go through to get to the rest of the region," says McGimsey.

Even after all currently planned construction is completed on Metro and new road expansions in the county, McGimsey says there will still be a "failing level of service" on roads like Route 606, Gloucester Parkway, and Waxpool Road.

Just before the Board of Supervisors approved the study to look at new ideas for traffic modeling, and new ways to get around the traffic funnel, Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio said the current traffic pattern "looks like D-Day, you know? Like an invasion of Sterling."

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