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Hunt Field raises traffic concerns

March 20, 2001

Hunt Field raises traffic concerns



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The 25,000 additional car trips that the Hunt Field development is expected to generate caused concern among two Charles Town City Council members Monday night.

Council member Bill Jordan said a traffic count conducted recently shows about 11,000 cars pass through the downtown area during a 24-hour period. Sometimes it takes five minutes to get a break in traffic to pull onto Washington Street, Jordan said.

Council member Matt Ward said Hunt Field may be a well-designed community, "but what will happen around it?"

An official with Greenvest L.C., the Vienna, Va., firm that is proposing to build Hunt Field, said the road systems planned for the 3,300-home development could actually decrease traffic pressure downtown.

Greenvest officials are proposing to develop Hunt Field on 1,000 acres between Summit Point Road and old U.S. 340 south of Charles Town.

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Jim Duszynski, senior vice president of Greenvest, said he plans to build a four-lane boulevard from the Summit Point Road entrance of Hunt Field to the old U.S. 340 entrance.

The road has the potential to improve traffic flow for several reasons, Duszynski said.

He said that people who will live in the development will be able to use the boulevard to make quick access to the Charles Town Bypass so they can commute to work.

Ward said he believes many people who live in Hunt Field will be commuting to jobs in Washington and Loudoun County, Va.

The boulevard will also help relieve traffic downtown because it will give people who live in the Summit Point area quicker access to the bypass, Duszynski said.

Currently, there are many commuters living in the Summit Point area who have to travel through Charles Town on their way to work, Duszynski said.

When the boulevard is built, Summit Point residents will have a shortcut to the bypass, according to Duszynski.

There has been concern in the community about how Jefferson County would handle a development the size of Hunt Field.

Since the concerns were raised, Hunt Field developers have proposed ways to reduce the development's impact on the community, such as keeping residential development off high elevations in the site so they cannot be seen from nearby historic homes.

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