Don't waste our money. Don't destroy our history. Stop the Outer Beltway!

The "zombie road" is back with a vengeance! Once again, lobbyists are pushing for an unneeded and wasteful Outer Beltway, seeking to divert scarce tax dollars from the needs of existing commuter roads that are choked with traffic. The Outer Beltway would do nothing to solve our current traffic problems, but instead would open new land to sprawling development, adding yet more traffic to existing commuter routes.

The Wall Street Journal reported on this oft-overlooked fact in their recent article, "More Roads, More Traffic."

Moreover, the Outer Beltway would run through historic land on the western boundary of Manassas National Battlefield, destroying this hallowed landscape, even as our nation honors the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.

Please sign our petition calling on Governor McDonnell and Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton to protect Manassas Battlefield and stop this unneeded and fiscally irresponsible highway. 

We, the undersigned, ask Governor Bob McDonnell, Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton, and all those who serve or wish to serve as elected officials in Virginia's government, to support fiscally responsible and effective transportation solutions for Virginia.

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.
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Number Date Name Location
3975 Wed Jan 22 16:44:43 EST 2014 Gladys Lewis Leesburg, VA
3974 Fri Dec 27 08:36:47 EST 2013 Caroline Taylor Poolesville, MD
3973 Wed Nov 13 08:01:19 EST 2013 Campbell Aahburn, VA
3972 Tue Oct 15 09:11:15 EDT 2013 Ari Schnitzer Washington, DC
3971 Wed Oct 09 09:42:53 EDT 2013 Stacey Fallah Montclair, VA
3970 Tue Oct 08 17:46:41 EDT 2013 Elaine Faunce Gainesville, VA
3969 Thu Oct 03 16:39:03 EDT 2013 Louise Newbanks Montclair, VA
3968 Thu Oct 03 11:29:20 EDT 2013 Irene Conklin Gainesville, VA
3967 Wed Oct 02 20:49:44 EDT 2013 Alissa Parady Dumfries, VA
3966 Wed Oct 02 14:18:37 EDT 2013 Marlies Smith Dumfries, VA
3965 Wed Oct 02 14:06:32 EDT 2013 Brian Smith Dumfries, VA
3964 Wed Oct 02 13:44:47 EDT 2013 Joyce Hopkins Fredericksburg, VA
3963 Wed Oct 02 11:26:28 EDT 2013 Shawne Southard Montclair , VA
3962 Wed Oct 02 09:11:57 EDT 2013 Elizabeth Hardy Manassas, VA
3961 Wed Oct 02 09:02:07 EDT 2013 david montgomery dumfries, VA
3960 Wed Oct 02 09:00:13 EDT 2013 sabine montgomery dumfries, VA
3959 Wed Oct 02 08:46:41 EDT 2013 Geoff Winkworth Montclair, VA
3958 Wed Oct 02 08:21:12 EDT 2013 Sarah Meisenhelter Dumfries, VA
3957 Wed Oct 02 08:15:45 EDT 2013 Katherine Lenigar Montclair, VA
3956 Wed Oct 02 07:05:27 EDT 2013 Nicole Wilberg Dumfries, VA
3955 Wed Oct 02 00:21:07 EDT 2013 Kailianu Michaels Montclair, VA
3954 Tue Oct 01 23:09:44 EDT 2013 Lucinda Nicholas Montclair, VA
3953 Tue Oct 01 22:54:45 EDT 2013 Eric Olivarez Dumfries, VA
3952 Tue Oct 01 22:26:21 EDT 2013 Annie Malloy Dumfries, VA
3951 Tue Oct 01 22:06:50 EDT 2013 Joellen Welch Montclair, VA
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