Editor: We moved to Loudoun from Fairfax in January 2017. Rt. 7 is no stranger to us having travelled it extensively for the past 30 years. Speed limit is up to 55 mph in some places and it is a divided highway of two to three lanes on each side.
We discovered a short cut from Leesburg to South Riding where our children live, namely, Evergreen Mill Road, a curvy, two-lane country road with a speed limit of up to 55 mph. There are caution signs regarding the speed limit along the way.
At night, while even going the speed limit, it is very stressful and dangerous if you have a car right on your tail trying to push you to increase your speed. I am sure other drivers have experienced this also. We have had to pull over several times to let them pass.
A speed limit of 55 mph is uncalled for. Even Loudoun County Parkway, also a divided road with two to three lanes, is 45 mph at the most. Where is the logic? The fatal accident on January 22 ending on Evergreen Mill (OK, noted that this person was over the limit before from Rt. 606) just adds to the need for a lower speed limit, and limit the urge to misuse this really lovely road.
Julie Issa, Leesburg