Washington-area commuters should be allowed to use the Dulles access road, the Council on Wage and Price Stability said today in a petition to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
In an analysis filed with the petition, the Council noted that the road is greatly underused even though many commuters presently use it in violation of FAA regulations which prohibit non-airport use except in emergencies. The current commuter pattern of use entails entering the roadway in the airport direction, making a U-turn in front of the terminal, and proceeding in the easterly, or Washington, direction. This use frequently results in traffic congestion in the vicinity of the terminal. The road, originally opened in the early 1960’s, cost the Federal government $28 million in land and construction costs. Construction of the identical road today could well cost in excess of $100 million.