Friday, June 10, 2011

Route 7 Task Force Proposes Seven Steps to Fix Traffic Congestion

The Washington Post reported earlier this week that the "Route 7 Task Force, a group made up of 15 business and community representatives and created by state Sen. Mark R. Herring (D-Loudoun), recently submitted a report to state and local government officials proposing seven steps to alleviate traffic congestion along the crowded Route 7 corridor."

As Loudoun County’s population has grown at a blistering pace in the past decade, the effects on Route 7 — a busy commuter route that stretches from downtown Alexandria to Winchester — have been tremendous, officials say.

Traffic problems have sparked fears that gridlock could hinder Loudoun’s economic development by discouraging businesses and residents to move to the area. Intersections along Route 7 have also proved to be among the most dangerous in the county in the past decade; last year, there were 75 crashes at Route 7 and Potomac View Road, and 65 crashes at Route 7 and Belmont Ridge Road, according to the report.

Read the complete Washington Post article.

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