Leesburg Council Maintains Opposition to Removing Kincaid Boulevard Barriers

The Loudoun Board of Supervisors asked again, but the answer was the same.

The Town Council on Monday night stood by its previously stated position opposing the removal of a barricade at the end of Kincaid Boulevard. The road is now linked with a section of Crosstrail Boulevard that leads to Philip A. Bolen Park and a commuter parking lot.

Susan Glass, a program manager with the county’s Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure, told the council that county supervisors last fall asked the staff to gauge the town’s interest in opening the connection. She noted that some motorists already skirt the barrier to access the road.

Council members restated their plan to keep the road closed until the entire link of Crosstrail Boulevard—from Sycolin Road to the Village at Leesburg—is completed. That might not happen until after 2020. Opening the connection earlier would drive large volumes of cut-through traffic into the neighborhood, council members said.

The council also will look at ways to install a less permeable barrier—concrete Jersey walls if necessary—to prevent cars from getting through.


5 thoughts on “Leesburg Council Maintains Opposition to Removing Kincaid Boulevard Barriers

  • 2016-05-12 at 10:24 pm

    If Kincaid Blvd is opened before Crosstrail Blvd is completed from Sycolin to Rt 7, I predict the developer for Tuscarora Crossing will have the access needed to build just enough to avoid hitting the proffer triggers that would require the developer to complete Crosstrail from Kincaid Blvd to Rt 7 (the northern leg) and avoid the cost of building the expensive bridge spans over Tuscarora Creek. Once the developer gets in there and starts building, the County will probably start redirect money they’ve identified for Crosstrail to other projects.

    If you leave the barricades up on Kincaid Blvd, the developer and/or the County still have incentive to build the northern leg of Crosstrail and complete it. If you take those barricades down, the Kincaid Blvd to Battlefield Pkwy route becomes the “northern leg” to Rt 7. The motivation to finish Crosstrail drops to zero and I predict it will be 15-20 years before Crosstrail is completed and we will end up paying for it. If you think I’m making this up, this “prediction” is very similar to what happened with Battlefield Pkwy from Kincaid Blvd to Rt 7.

    With the barricades, you get Crosstrail Blvd completed in 4 years, maybe less. Take those barricades down, think 15-20 years before Crosstrail is completed.

  • 2016-05-12 at 3:06 pm

    To add further, those on the Town Council in opposition are not looking out for the Town of Leesburg as a WHOLE.

  • 2016-05-12 at 2:51 pm

    David and Others – you are missing the big picture as once the elections are over in November, the barriers will come down and the liberal Town Council will not need to pander to the Kincaid Forest residents. I am sure the residents cross all political spectrums, but the politicians are probably crossing their fingers at this point and hoping to only keep the barriers up just long enough, but not the 4 full years as asphalt roads degrade with or without vehicle traffic. I nearly bought a home on the court directly adjacent to the barrier, but did my homework, and knew of the long-term plans and didn’t. I feel for the residents, but not to the point of keeping a road closed when the County feels it should be opened. I agree with David and those in opposition on the Town Council need to go. I have the video links to all meetings and need to find who voted for the continued closure. There has to be easier ways getting Town data, such as simplified minutes, but I haven’t observed them online. If you have any feedback, please help……

  • 2016-05-12 at 12:24 pm

    Maybe this will get the County to move faster to complete the road. They move fast when they want to. They started working on the Courts parking structure right after Council approval, and at a cost of $13,000,000. They are moving forward to build a new and unneeded Animal Shelter for $16,000,000.

  • 2016-05-11 at 12:52 pm

    Only the Leesburg Council would leave a perfectly usable road vacant for 4 years when people could use it to save time.

    Please, will more Leesburg residents run for town council? This time and the next time. These people need to be shown the door.

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