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Have you wondered why some roads around Brambleton take you to no where. Loudoun County Parkway is one such great example. I wrote a few letters to county officials, here is a response:

Thank you for your email regarding Loudoun County ’s road network.

I understand your frustration.  There are indeed many roadways throughout Loudoun County that are as you described them.  This is typical of an area that is still transitioning from a rural farming community to a suburban community.  As development occurs in a given area, the segments of new roadways are built by developers and the planned road network emerges.  This is happening in the older planned communities of Loudoun County like Cascades, Ashburn Farm, and Ashburn Village .  In newer communities like Brambleton and Stone Ridge, there are isolated pieces of the new road network that are surrounded by the old rural roads.  Eventually, the gaps will be filled as more development takes place.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Loudoun County also fund roadway improvements, especially where there are gaps between the developer’s commitments.  Recent examples of this include construction of the Loudoun County Parkway between Route 7 and Redskins Park , including a new interchange at Route 7, the widening of Waxpool Road/Church Road in Sterling , and Loudoun County Parkway between Route 50 and Evergreen Mill Road .  Publicly funded projects that are under construction or soon to begin include the system of roundabouts in the Gilberts Corner area (Route 50/15 intersection), the reconstruction and paving of the remaining gravel sections of Sycolin Road and the widening of Route 50 from four to six lanes between Poland Road and Route 28.

There is a comprehensive transportation plan for all of Loudoun County that identifies the location and configuration of the highway system needed to accommodate the planned land uses.  This plan specifies how existing roadways are to be widened and it specifies the location and configuration of new highways.  Road builders, whether they are developers or the government, follow this plan.  You can see Loudoun’s Countywide Transportation Plan via this link to the county’s web site: http://www.loudoun.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=1000

If you need more information on the planning, design, and construction of roadways in Loudoun County , please feel free to contact Mr. James Zeller, VDOT’s Preliminary Engineering Manager in Loudoun County , by telephone at (703) 737-2014.

Again, thank you for your interest in transportation issues.

Sincerely,

Pierce R. Homer




Unfortunately, Brambleton developer is responsible for that missing link for Loudoun County Parkway. What hope do we have that this will be completed within a year. Look how pathetic roads within Brambleton are maintained, not paved even after five years!!

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