Editor: My husband and I live one mile from the Point of Rocks bridge in Virginia. Rt. 15 north of Leesburg is being asked to support an enormous amount of traffic between Maryland and Virginia that it was never designed to carry. The truth is that another bridge between Rt. 15 and the Beltway is absolutely imperative in this growing region. Plans for this bridge have been delayed much too long, and an agreement with Maryland on this issue must be part of any discussion of traffic in this area.
As there will need to be some changes made on Rt. 15 north of Leesburg, I would refer you to the proposals made by the Catoctin Coalition, neighbors who have worked long and hard on proposals, i.e., wider shoulders for disabled vehicles, more left turn lanes in trouble spots, a roundabout at White’s Ferry Road, fixing the merge lanes coming north from Leesburg, adding an additional lane from Montressor south to Leesburg, posting warning signs about not passing in no passing zones—fines doubled. (You cannot believe the places drivers pass on this road.)
Bottom line, turning Rt. 15, a scenic byway into a four-lane highway would only encourage more unwanted growth. It is a horrible solution to the traffic issues.
Please heed the voices of those living along this road who will be most affected by any changes.
Elizabeth and Stuart Newberry, Leesburg