Stopping the Outer Beltway

outer beltway map

Speculative real estate developers are pushing to create a new highway in Northern Virginia referred to as the Outer Beltway or Bi-County Parkway. As we see it, this controversial new highway would cut through a National Park, open up over 100,000 acres to new development, and has the potential to actually increase traffic congestion on other roads.

Making matters worse, VDOT presentations confirm the road would be designed to carry freight and other cargo at speeds in excess of 65mph — splitting neighborhoods from their schools, and greatly increasing sound and air pollution.
See VDOT’s aerial maps >>

Part of the push for an Outer Beltway is the push for a new Potomac River Bridge Crossing. Find out more >>

What You Can Do

Yes, this project is being pushed by powerful forces, but there is still time to put up a fight. Many of the residents in the proposed route are unaware of VDOT's plans (or have just learned about it) and have not had a chance to share their thoughts with legislators. Wasteful road projects have been defeated before, but only through citizens speaking up.

We will be continuing to provide you with up-to-date information through emails, community meetings, and postings to We hope you help spread the word by:


  • Your Congressman, Senator Tim Kaine, Senator Mark Warner, and your State Elected Officials to express your concern. We've created a letter-writing campaign that you can use.
  • Your local Board of Supervisors


Taking Action

  1. Speak out at public input opportunities
    • Oppose this $1 billion project
    • Ask for focus on your current commuter problems
    • Ask for local congestion solutions
    • Oppose more State funding for VDOT without reform and better priorities
  2. Participate in local planning – your voice can have an impact on decisions, particularly at the local level
  3. Talk to your neighbors and friends to spread the word. 
  4. Sign up for 'Land Use & Transportation' email alerts so we can keep you informed as new information becomes available
Outer Beltway: How will it impact you?

Outer Beltway: How will it impact you?

As we mentioned earlier this month, there is a lot going on with the planned "Outer Beltway" — a major new highway going through Loudoun and Prince William. Which is why I would like to invite you to a community meeting on Monday, February 11th in Aldie. VDOT held public meetings the week before Christmas, but I know a lot of folks couldn't make it, and are wondering what is really being proposed and how citizens can get more involved. Read more from our February 2013 email alert:


New Year, Familiar Problem

We continue to believe this is the most important land use decision that will be made in northern Virginia in the next 5 years. The Outer Beltway would open up ~100,000 acres of relatively open land in eastern Loudoun and the Prince William "rural crescent" to development, cut through a National Park, make investments in metro and transit-oriented development more difficult to fund, and at the end of the day, is very likely to make traffic on east-to-west roads like Rt. 50 and Rt. 66 even worse. This text is from a January 6th Email alert.

Taxpayer’s Dollars, Developers’ Dream Road

This May – without any technical justification, without public input and without a recommendation from VDOT — an unelected body, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB), approved a potential north-south highway between Leesburg and I-95 as a Corridor of Statewide Significance. This action brings back a long-cherished dream road for developers – a vast Outer Beltway around Northern Virgina that has been shot down time and time again, when subject to community input and expert review.

Insiders Renew Push for Another Beltway Around DC

Insiders Renew Push for Another Beltway Around DC

In 2011, PEC alerted its members to a renewed effort to get an Outer Beltway project built. A highlight from the email text:

"In a meeting of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) last week, the Governor's Secretary of Transportation and two CTB members announced a renewed effort to prioritize a highway connecting I-95 in Prince William to Rt. 50 in Loudoun."