Letter: Julie Issa, Leesburg

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

3 thoughts on “Letter: Julie Issa, Leesburg

  • 2017-12-05 at 12:42 pm

    Completely agree. Evergreen Mills has many flaws, but the biggest flaw is the drivers themselves. I can’t drive the road at the speed limit without getting tailgated. It is frustrating and annoying and dangerous.

    45mph should be the speed limit. While the Watson Road intersection has gotten the most attention and is the most dangerous, there are many other points that are dangerous:

    1. The intersection with Shreve Mill. How many times will that poor owner have to replace his destroyed fence from people swerving off the road?
    2. The intersection with the Evergreen Sportsplex. A fender-bender-o-rama whenever games are played.

    Add to that the innumerable private driveways directly off the road and one has to wonder what in the world was/is VDOT thinking with a 55mph speed limit.

    Tremendous improvements have been made after the latest 4 people were killed a few months ago. Its too bad so many people had to die in such a short period of time for change to take place.

    In the meantime, a reminder that the speed limit is the upper threshold. Just because it says 55mph doesn’t mean you have to drive 55mph. On this local Highway of Death, slower is better.

  • 2017-12-05 at 12:46 pm

    I’d also like to point out that the woman and 2 children who died when she went off the road and into the creek would likely be alive if the speed limit was 45mph. I haven’t seen a final report on that accident, but it was raining hard and she likely hit a pool of water. At 55mph you hydroplane off the road and, in that case, get killed. At 45mph she likely drives right through and lives.

  • 2017-12-06 at 5:17 pm

    Here is an idea: drive another way where you feel safe! Everyone wants the government to fix something for them that they could do themselves. If your new found shortcut is unsafe then take another route.

    Doctor it hurts when I go like this….

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