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Continued Traffic Concerns on Country Club Drive and the Route 7/690 Interchange

February 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader filed under Dear Editor, Opinion No Comments
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Purcellville Town Leadership,

I feel it is time again to raise up the concerns that I have regarding the high volume of cut-through traffic that we continue to have in the Country Club Neighborhood and bring to your attention a number of events that have occurred recently.

1) Over the past few weeks we have had our two Stop Signs and Road signs at each end of the neighborhood mowed down by vehicles. Though we have had inclement weather during the past few weeks, it shows that the volume continues to grow and folks are just barreling through the neighborhood, trashing our neighborhood and more importantly presenting a safety hazard to our residents walking or riding bikes because of the absence of sidewalks.

I ask what will it take to develop better solutions to this worsening condition? Will one of the mowed down Stop Signs have to become a walking resident or child on a bike to get action?

2) I continue to see Commercial Vehicles cutting through our neighborhood because there is no enforcement of the “No Through Truck” Signs that were put up a couple of years ago. I continue to see construction vehicles, plumbing trucks, electrical trucks, etc. from in town and out of town cutting through to save a minute or two.

I recommend that we take down the “No Through Trucks” Signs because we are not going to enforce that sign’s message to the cut-through traffic.

3) An incident happened last week and it has happened numerous times before, that a neighbor of mine has tried to back out of their driveway onto Country Club Dr. and was harassed by a cut-through driver, quite often an out of towner or more surprising an out of stater e.g. WV or MD. These cut-through drivers are in such a rush that they honk, give hand gestures, or even sometimes drive around the resident going up into the yard to get around the individual just trying to get out of their own driveway.

Any recommendations on how to correct this condition? This is unsatisfactory and unsafe.

4) Last week on Wednesday, our street had garbage men picking up garbage and the school bus picking up our children at the same time in the morning. Our 5-6 deep line of cut-through individuals got impatient and drivers began to swerve around the garbage truck and drive up into the resident’s yards because how dare we hold up our entitled cut-through individuals from getting to their jobs at all cost.

Again I stress, what will it take, someone getting hit, injured or worse? I ask that the town leadership again reiterate to Loudoun Valley, Mountain View, and Woodgrove Principals and stress to the students and parents to stop using Country Club Drive as a cut-through. Would they like all this traffic cutting through their neighborhoods? I see cars blowing through our neighborhood full of students, texting, talking on the phone, and drinking coffee…..I thought there was a Virginia law against cars full of students? Who is enforcing that?

5) A week or so ago a Purcellville Police Officer did pull over a cut-through vehicle that was from the Winchester area to issue a ticket. This police presence is much appreciated, but the pulled over car pulled way up into the residents yard to wait to get their ticket and then sped off afterwards trenching the residents swale. This damaged swale will need to be fixed.

Again, another example of the eroding of our nice older neighborhood due to the allowing of cut-through traffic at high volumes in the AM and PM of each day. Do town officials really believe that little ol’ Country Club Dr. was engineered for this volume of traffic? The road is crumbling before our eyes and our hope is that we will get a new road in 2013, but for what? To allow all the traffic to go sailing through once completed? Does the town take traffic volume control seriously on Country Club Dr.? Are we just going to let it become a new Main Street or Maple Ave?

6) My last item of concern I would ask that Mayor Lazaro forward to Loudoun County Supervisor Ms. Janet Clarke who is sponsoring the following initiative. What will the town do to support the residents of Country Club Dr. and Catoctin Meadows with the re-initialized study and eventual construction of the Route 7/690 Interchange? That will just make our cut-through gauntlet even worse injecting a funnel that will push unbelievable amounts of traffic through our neighborhood impacting our quality of life, safety, and resale value of the homes along the cut-through gauntlet.

I believe the town needs another interchange to relieve the traffic pressure, but what solutions are we looking at to avoid simply trashing our neighborhood? No one in their right mind would want to insert this interchange without reviewing the impacts to our neighborhood. When will the town begin to hold information sessions to allow the residents to speak about their concerns regarding the Route 7/690 Interchange? This is a big deal with major ramifications and the residents of CC Dr. care greatly about this issue.

Thank you for reviewing my concerns and I continue to offer up my support to work for solutions that will keep Country Club Dr. one of the nice neighborhoods to live in Purcellville versus an old tired, worn down cut-through gauntlet used and thrown to the side to assist out of towners in saving a minute or two on their daily commute.

I ask Mayor Lazaro, and he can ask Ms. Janet Clarke, what will Country Club Dr. look like in 10 to 15 years? I would be interested to hear your feedback.

Bill Conover
Purcellville

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