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