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Jun 23

Transportation and Land Use Committee Endorses Route 15 South Safety and Operational Study

Posted on June 23, 2022 at 3:54 PM by Shawn Zelman

The Board of Supervisors at their February 1, 2022 Business Meeting forwarded the Route 15 South Safety and Operational Study to the Transportation and Land Use Committee (TLUC) for further discussion and recommendations. At the June 23, 2022 TLUC meeting, the TLUC recommended that the Board of Supervisors endorse the long-term recommendations in the Route 15 South Safety and Operational Study. The Study will be discussed at a future Board of Supervisors meeting. 

As background, during the study’s investigation, short-term improvement recommendations were identified which have been relayed to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to address as part of their maintenance program. One of those issues was the removal of overgrown vegetation to address sight distance issues at certain intersections, which VDOT has removed based on the recommendations. Loudoun County also suggested additional street signs to improve safety along the corridor and recently prepared a signage plan which has been submitted to VDOT for review. 

Based on the public’s preferences and the focus group’s feedback, the study team recommends a prioritized approach for long-term improvements to improve safety and level of service on Route 15 South, while preserving the rural character and natural beauty of the corridor. These recommendations are primarily intersection-focused improvements.

The safety and operational study analyzed approximately 12 miles of Route 15 (James Monroe Highway) from the south corporate limit of the Town of Leesburg to the Prince William County line. Throughout the study, public and focus group meetings were held to capture local observations, perspectives, and concerns along the corridor. The study identified safety and traffic operational issues and identified recommended solutions for consideration by the Board of Supervisors.

For more information about this project, or to subscribe for updates, visit the study page