Editor: The views documented in the letters to the July 18 Loudoun Now are a minority point-of-view. You could say that the authors’ attitude is that the needs of the few trump the needs of the many. In reality, the biggest problem that these folks have is the increased traffic. Good luck trying to stop that growth.
Back in 2006 when hearings were held in Lucketts to address speed controls in the village, we were told by the Virginia Department of Transportation that traffic was expected to double by 2031.It would not surprise us to learn that we are closer to this figure today because Loudoun has continued to grow as has the area long Rt. 15 in Maryland (and in Prince William County south of Leesburg where 15 has been widened as subdivisions built).Also, we were told by a planning official from Frederick County, MD, that their plans to widen Rt. 15 to four lanes south of the Rt. 340/Rt. 15 split were removed from their roadplans because Loudoun had no plans to widen its portion of Rt. 15.Anyone who has traveled north through Maryland along the Catoctin Mountains know that Rt. 15 is a four-lane road from Frederick (the city) through the county into Pennsylvania.Had Loudoun been more forward-thinking by planning to widen Rt. 15, there no doubt would have been discussions regarding the widening of the bridge at Point of Rocks, MD.
Rt. 15, also known as James Monroe Highway, is the most important if not the only north-south highway through Loudoun County.Increased traffic growth on it may have been slowed by Rt. 1 and Interstates 95/495 to the east back in the 1960s but not anymore.Besides, who wants to travel to them to go north or south?Traffic will continue to increase as the population and businesses in Loudoun as well as north and south of our county grow.
The folks against improvements to Rt. 15 should be condemned to travel it every workday morning before 9 a.m. and every night after 3:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. on Fridays), especially during the school year.Also, they should note the heavy traffic on the weekends.(Could non-Loudoun citizens be coming to shop at the Outlets, visit the antique stores, sample wine at our wineries, or shop at our farmers’ stands all while we locals are trying to go about our busineses or does that not matter?)
We say the needs of the many trump the needs of the few.Make improvements to Rt. 15 north of Leesburg.
Just a footnote:The traffic calming improvements to Rt. 15 in Lucketts were never made even though $3 million in federal money was allocated for safety improvements.
Margie and Neill Bassford, Leesburg