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Residents pitch traffic proposal

Residents in Culpeper’s Madison Grove subdivision believe they have come up with a plan to help curb cut-through traffic in their residential neighborhood.

“We’re trying to solve a very serious problem,” community spokesman Rick Fields told the Town Council Tuesday night.

The Madison Grove solution would make Burgandine Avenue a one-way street (going east) all the way through the subdivision, from Ira Hoffman Lane to Bradford Road.

It would also prohibit motorists from turning right onto Montanus Drive, which leads to Lowe’s and two busy shopping centers.

“We’re not blocking off the street,” said Fields. “We’re just taking small measures to try to get motorists to use James Madison Highway and slow the flow of traffic in our community.”

When originally built, Burgandine Avenue was designated in Culpeper County’s Comprehensive Plan as the first leg of a road that would parallel James Madison Highway from Ira Hoffman Lane to Inlet, three miles away.

Most residents who bought in Madison Grove didn’t know that and as commercial development in the area grew, so did the subdivision’s traffic problems. More and more motorists found that they could take this shortcut and avoid two stoplights.

On July 1 the neighborhood became part of the town, which gave Madison Grove new hope. Within weeks the Montanus–Burgandine intersection was made a four-way stop. Traffic slowed but the volume didn’t decrease. So, residents came up with their own plan.

Fields said that town public works director Jim Hoy and police Chief Chris Jenkins are on board with the first two remedies but he hopes they will endorse two more—a bike lane and on-street parking. Both, residents hope, will slow traffic even more.

“We’d also like a no-truck sign,” Fields said. “We have 18-wheelers going through there.”

Fields presented Mayor Chip Coleman with a neighborhood petition asking that their remedy be given a try.

“We’ll check back in about 90 days to report on how things are going,” Fields said, adding that his community has been seeking a traffic solution for five years.

In other action last night the Town Council adopted a resolution asking that the federal government not be shut down again.

“I’m not really sure what this resolution says,” said Councilman Dan Boring, who cast the only vote against it. “I think it is about 50 days too late.”

“I don’t think one more letter [to federal elected officials] could hurt,” said Councilman Dave Lochridge. “People are concerned.”

Donnie Johnston:

djohnston@freelancestar.com

 

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