Thursday, September 23, 2010

Task Force to Address Congestion on Route 7 Corridor

According to the Loudoun Times, state Sen. Mark Herring (D-eastern Loudoun) will "soon announce the formation of a new community task force with the goal of developing prioritized solutions to alleviate congestion on the Route 7 corridor between the Fairfax and Loudoun line in the east to the town of Leesburg in the west."
"Aside from the economy, transportation is the most pressing issue we face here,"” Herring said. "While a statewide transportation funding solution remains an elusive goal, we have had success in the past, locally, when we have identified our most pressing infrastructure needs and worked together to get projects off the shelf and underway."

"Currently, the Route 7 corridor serves 75,000 vehicle trips per day, and is expected to grow to 135,000 vehicles per day by 2035, according to the town of Leesburg and Loudoun County’s 2009 TIGER Grant Application to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

"The amount of traffic in the corridor has also turned Route 7 into a magnet for the most dangerous intersections in the county, according to yearly studies compiled by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office report from 2009 lists the top 10 intersections that produced the most accidents. Six interchanges along Route 7 are in the top 10."

The Times article reports that 15 businesses and community groups will make up the Route 7 task force.

Read the complete Loudoun Times article.

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