President Obama hasn’t taken a drive down I-95 in a while. Our members of Congress certainly know the problem exists, but so far what little money they have thrown our way has not solved the problem. It only has moved the problem down the road a few miles. So whose problem is it? Supervisor Paul Milde has been quoted as saying this is, “…a national problem, certainly a state problem.”

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It seems to me…the way our local government solves problems is like living and traveling with Alice in Wonderland. And the cast of characters in our local governments sometimes act just as bizarrely as those Alice encountered.

Case in point, after millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money has been spent moving the gridlock on Interstate-95 up and down the highway and avoiding the building of any connector roads, Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, or FAMPO, now announces they are going to spend $280,000 for a new study on how to deal with the now-famous “50-mile” stretch of the interstate.

Now I’m not a betting man, but I’ll bet their study will show that at least one connector road is necessary and at a cost far, far more than it would have been when it was first discussed.

Even more bizarre is Stafford Supervisor Laura Sellers saying the interstate shouldn’t be the responsibility of the localities. Perhaps what she meant to say was that it isn’t the responsibility of the localities to pay for it. But if it isn’t the responsibility of the localities to see that their constituents aren’t sitting in traffic, spewing exhaust fumes, fouling the air we breathe, losing their tempers, increasing their chance of accidents and putting us on the top of a list of traffic congestion in the entire U.S., then whose responsibility is it.

President Obama hasn’t taken a drive down I-95 in a while. Our members of Congress certainly know the problem exists, but so far what little money they have thrown our way has not solved the problem. It only has moved the problem down the road a few miles. So whose problem is it? Supervisor Paul Milde has been quoted as saying this is, “…a national problem, certainly a state problem.”

Perhaps, he, like Sellers, really mean the feds and the commonwealth should come up with the funds. But the funds alone won’t solve the problem unless an intelligent plan and agreement between Stafford and Spotsylvania can be reached. So far, these discussions have been a little bit like the tea party in Alice’s Wonderland experience.

Also reminiscent of Alice’s tea party, the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce held its second forum on what they described as a brewing “transportation crisis.” If their observation is that the congestion on I-95 is meant by the definition of brewing to be developing, looming, threatening or growing they have not been looking at the same road the rest of us have been stuck on.

The congestion has been there for a long time and has only been growing. We can, however, take solace in the fact that the Chamber will be having still another forum sometime early next year. So we can look for potential solutions sometime in the future. In the meantime the traffic congestion will continue and you can take a copy of “War and Peace” to read when the traffic stops moving.

I’m sure Alice wouldn’t be surprised by all of this since the folks making these decisions are the same ones who are encouraging more homes, shopping centers and overall development in spite of the lack of adequate roads, public transportation or an intelligent mass-transportation plan.

At the end of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” Alice finds herself in a trial and she begins to grow and grow and the Dormouse yells at Alice and tells her she has not the right to grow so quickly and use up all the air. Perhaps this is figuratively like our traffic. The good news is that at the end of the story Alice is awakened to find it was all just a dream.

Maybe one day all the folks who have waited for years to climb out of the rabbit hole that took Alice into Wonderland will find themselves in a real-world, traffic-free wonderland and realize, like Alice, it was all just a bad dream.

Until then, they will have to live like the March Hare in who shouted, “I’m late, I’m late, I’m late for a very important date.”

Harvey Gold can be reached at info@staffordcountysun.com.

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