Letter: James Chapman, Lovettsville

Editor: I doubt that Supervisor Meyer knows very much about driving Rt 15. I drive it every day. 

            The traffic lights cause major congestion during rush hour in the morning and evening. Eliminating them with roundabouts would solve the majority of the issues involving traffic volume. 

            If, on the other hand, you build four lanes to Lucketts you will have only succeeded in moving the backup from Battlefield Parkway to Lucketts for the enormous sum of $200 million. Are the folks in the eastern part of the county willing to pay that much for a solution that doesn’t solve the problem. 

            And traffic flow for the four-lane portion of this project will probably exceed any reasonable speed limit when and if it is built. Yet we are informed by the board that this option is safer. I can tell you that the commuters from Maryland will drive as fast as they can if allowed a four-lane highway. 

            We are also told that Maryland would be willing to widen the Point of Rocks bridge. So far, radio silence from Maryland lawmakers on this. 

            In short, Concept B does not solve the traffic problems and may even exacerbate them. Clearly the more you do to improve the road the more it will attract others to use the road. Keep it two lanes, add paved shoulders (and watch Maryland drivers pass on the right) and eliminate the traffic lights. 

Are the taxpayers of Loudoun really going to accept a consultant report that makes little practical sense but will put us further into long term debt?

James Chapman, Lovettsville

8 thoughts on “Letter: James Chapman, Lovettsville

  • 2019-07-29 at 4:19 pm

    The mistake was paving it in the first place. If it were gravel, like most western Loudoun roads, there would be no problem. Plus it would be a scenic rural road.

    Those evil Maryland drivers are used to good roads & don’t know how to act on our roads. Maryland and PA somehow managed to make Rt 15 wide and safe, without destroying the “hallowed ground”, even through historic Gettysburg.

  • 2019-07-30 at 3:33 pm

    James, James, James… despite this continued claim by you and the no growth lackeys, roundabouts without widening will not solve our problems. Take your head out of the sand. Almost 30k cars per day in the lower portion and over 20k in the upper portion with more houses coming in Frederick County plus 1.5 to 3% more growth per year. The road is simply over capacity.

    See our post about how roundabouts don’t work: http://fixroute15now.com/day-1-roundabout-facts-and-route-15-volume/

  • 2019-07-31 at 8:49 am

    I emphasize with Mr. Chapman to the extent that due to the lack of an agreed upon long term solution the near term pain is ridiculous. The latest pre-election (not a solution) political rhetoric we hear from the Chair”person” and the majority of the BOS doesn’t even address the real safety issues with the road as all fixes are over 5 years away. THAT is unacceptable! How hard is it really to put the required parties in a room to define the problems and build consensus to an appropriate solution? This includes the federal transport folks which Congresswoman Wexton has already committed to me publicly at her first town hall meeting to bring to such a meeting as part of this problem is interstate commerce (federal jurisdiction). Both states, VDOT and Loudoun need to also be part of this including the roads that border Route 15 north of Leesburg which are under maintained by VDOT and part of the problem too.
    There are far more “solutions” than to widen or not to widen but for the Loudoun community to continue to suffer without even evidence of a managed project toward an eventual solution is well below what should be our elected official competency level!

  • 2019-07-31 at 5:14 pm

    Roundabouts don’t work?

    Let’s see. Who I am to believe? My own eyes and experience OR an astroturf fake citizen group financed by developers and road building interests?

    …. not a tough call.

    • 2019-08-04 at 1:33 am

      Right, if roundabouts don’t work we need to ask why one is going in on 9 at 287. Why waste the money putting one in if it’s not going to work? Why isn’t 9 being slated for added lanes? 9 and 15 have very similar issues and risks.

  • 2019-07-31 at 7:03 pm

    No, no, no AFF! They are not an astroturf fake citizen group financed by developers and road building interests!
    They are a road and food safety advocacy group!

    BTW, have you found them rats and cockroaches yet…Mum?

    First things first!

    Make Route 15 safe.

    Then make those Mince Pies …..

    *cue have a “context sensitive” food AND driving experience….

    • 2019-08-02 at 10:52 am

      The thing about a mince pie that’s never appealed to me in that one can’t discern the ingredients- what’s actually in a mince pie?

      Come to think of it, a mince pie is kinda like you guys. No one knows who’s actually in the RT15 group. Who’s writing the content? Who’s paying the bills? Who’s behind the astroturf.

      I’ve lived in Loudoun my entire life- I’ve never seen a group of Loudoun’s “concerned citizens” not proudly stand behind their efforts. Why is this group so afraid of being ‘outed’ for their pig in poke scam that’s foisting an outer beltway on Northern Loudoun?

  • 2019-08-03 at 5:19 pm

    Hmmm. Improve the road and they will come. Not sure why folks are surprised that Rte 15 is not a high-capacity thoroughfare and want it to magically become one? The more you improve accessibility, the more you enable further development to make the Minchew-developer (with Higgins on a leash) types more money and happy. Safety is easily modulated by a reduction in speed. Just sayin.

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