Happy Birthday Beltway! I-495 turns 50 this year

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- I-495 is turning 50 years old this weekend and hundreds of thousands of drivers will choose the Beltway as their main road to celebrate!

OK, you got us, they'll choose the highway because it's the quickest way to get around the city on the weekend, but just play along.

Did you know that the idea for the Capital Beltway was conceived in 1944, when Fred W. Tummler, director of planning of the National Capital Park and Planning Commission, proposed an Inter-County Metropolitan Freeway, according to Wikipedia?

The project was completed on August 17, 1964 and it's been a great/frustrating/fast/very slow way to get around the nation's capital ever since.

Our question: What would you buy the Beltway for its birthday on Sunday, if it were to throw a party?

Tell us on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


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