County and state transportation professionals and Supervisor Geary M. Higgins (R-Catoctin) held the first of two meetings on road work plans in Lucketts Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Lucketts Community Center.
Lucketts residents, frustrated from years of dangerous and congested traffic along Rt. 15 with no apparent action to fix it, were asked for their input on what to do at the intersection with Spinks Ferry Road, next to the Roots 657 café and market.
The county’s plans include funding beginning in July 2020 to buy land and start work to widen Rt. 15 to four lanes from Battlefield Parkway in Leesburg to Montresor Road, and in July 2023 to buy land for safety improvements like roundabouts, turn lanes and shoulders from Montresor Road all the way to the Point of Rocks bridge. Funding is available for design work beginning in July 2021.
Plans for Spinks Ferry Road involve adding turn lanes on Rt. 15 before eventually putting in a roundabout at the intersection, later moving Newvalley Church Road to also connect to the roundabout. Residents at the meeting were asked how they would like that work phased. Most of them seemed to prefer getting that work done as soon as possible—and asked what they can do to make it happen more quickly.
Other feedback can be directed to the Board of Supervisors or Higgins by email; contact information for supervisors is at loudoun.gov/bos.
Higgins, now in the final months of his eight years on the Board of Supervisors and campaigning for a state senate seat, said he would be bringing forward an initiative in October seeking other supervisors’ vote to build a sidewalk from Lucketts Elementary School to the Lucketts Community Center so students can walk safely.
A second meeting, on other Rt. 15 improvements, will be held Monday, Sept. 30.