Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Connector road and Traffic
A regular poster at FLS brings up an intriguing subject on today’s story about the connector road.
Have you driven behind the mall? (posted by f4td4ddy , Mar. 30, 2009 4:03 pm)
The whole "mall beltway" — oops "towne centre beltway" — has a low speed limit and dozens of entry/exit points to get into the parking rows. How exactly is a road that connects this parking lot to Harrison Road going to help the overall speed of traffic? Pointless, dangerous, and silly idea to think this connector road will improve traffic flow.
The last designs I saw of this connector road showed it connecting to the mall’s ring road in back of the mall. Past articles in this newspaper say the connector road was to connect with State Route 3, but that’s not happening. However, if it did, and I do not see why it couldn’t, there would be a much larger benefit for motorists.
Instead, motorists will have to use the ring road to connect to the connector road. So, how does this help traffic on State Route 3?
Good question, and I’ve asked it. The answer I get is that what the connector road really does is provide a new avenue for people to get to the mall without using State Route 3 by taking Harrison Road all the way to the connector road, where you will be dropped off right behind the mall. But these same plans also show a four-land road at 45 miles per hour (it might be 35 miles per hour now) connecting to a 15 miles per hour ring road. Now, what no one has been able to answer for me is how will this not create a bottleneck? The widening stops before you get to the Rt. 1 intersection. So, any questions residents are asking about how this road is going to improve traffic will eventually be answered once I see the 60 percent plans from Cafaro Co.But pushing cars off of a 45 MPH road onto a 15 MPH road…is that really happening?
You may or may not like the answers.