By Keith Laing - 11/27/14 06:00 AM EST
Millions of people traveling for Thanksgiving will face daunting traffic problems that critics say have been magnified by Washington’s inability to move a long-term bill to pay for new highway projects.
With a nor’easter bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard this Thanksgiving, it’s expected to be an especially brutal few days on the road.
Congress hasn’t approved a long-term highway bill since 2005, and it’s become much more difficult to move legislation since then because of a variety of reasons, including the end of earmarks that directed money toward specific lawmaker-backed projects and a financial crisis and recession that made it tougher to move big-budget bills.
"5. Interstate 95 north and south of Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. has become closely associated with congressional inaction in recent years, but there has always also been gridlock on its highways.
Interstate 95 runs along the entire length of the East Coast, from Maine to Florida. But the portion of the heavily-traveled highway that circles around Washington on the perimeter highway that is known as the “Beltway” are always backed up around holidays with drivers who are either leaving town or passing through on their way to destinations that are further north or south.
Despite the fact that the Beltway has been entered in the nation’s political lexicon, the highway that allows I-95 to bypass Washington never crosses the cities borders with Maryland or Virginia."
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