Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Loudoun County Traffic Responds to Request About Evergreen Mills Road

Loudoun County Traffic is pleased to be able to report the following information after we received an e-mail from a reader who recently purchased a home in a community that uses Evergreen Mills Road as its primary artery.

Our reader wanted to know of any safety concerns regarding Evergreen Mills Road, especially since the road is very narrow (two lanes) and was fearful that the road might be treacherous on rainy or snowy days.

Loudoun County Traffic contacted Kraig Troxell, Public Information Officer with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, who reported that following a review of Loudoun County's most crash prone intersection list and recorded traffic fatalities, Evergreen Mills Road was not on the list.

However, Troxell added that "volume is an issue on many of Loudoun County's roadways. Many of our secondary roads have become primary roads for commuters. They are facilitating a much higher volume of traffic then what they were designed for. Evergreen Mills Road is no exception."

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, there were no fatal crashes on Evergreen Mills Road in 2008.

In 2007, there were two fatal crashes. One occurred on March 16, 2007. Snow and ice were believed to be a factor. A 17-year-old passenger lost their life when the vehicle lost control and struck a truck. A second person lost their life on November 8, 2007, when their vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole.

There were two other fatalities in 2004. There were no fatalities listed in either 2005 or 2006.

Troxell added that deer-related vehicle crashes, while down overall in 2008, remain an issue for drivers since the deer population in Loudoun County is one of the highest in the state of Virginia.

The Sheriff's Office reminds motorists that deer are unpredictable and crashes involving this animal can be very serious. Crashes tend to rise in the Spring and Fall of the season. Motorists should follow the rule that if you see one deer, there are likely three or four more trailing behind.

Our thanks to to our reader who e-mailed this request, and to Kraig Troxell with the Sheriff's Office for providing such valuable information for our readers!

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