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Letter to the Editor - April 19

April 19, 2012

Roundabout solution to U.S. 340 traffic tie-ups


To the editor:

Regarding your generally informative article on the U.S. 340 traffic meeting on April 13, I have a couple observations. First, it’s been a continuing disappointment to us South County residents that neither your reporters nor, seemingly, your editors, know that the Pleasant Valley area is, indeed, in Washington County. 

We’ve written you numerous times, as your articles consistently and wrongly indicate we live “in” Knoxville, which is a small town in southern Frederick County. It’s true, south of the village of Brownsville, the rural route residents have a Knoxville zip code, but they are not in Knoxville, (nor are the residents of the villages of Yarrowsburg, Garretts Mill or Sandy Hook). You could use “Southern Washington County.” or “Pleasant Valley,” but “in” Knoxville is just plain wrong!

Second, it wasn’t apparent from the reporting if a roundabout has been considered for the 340/671 intersection in Virginia.  Seems like there’s room between the gas station property and the access road to the old Republican “watering hole” up on the Potomac cliff to the south, that burned down years ago. A roundabout at that three-way intersection, that would keep the westbound 340 traffic flowing without stop, seems like a good solution to the backups that now form across the bridge, backed up behind those waiting to turn left onto Va. 671.  Also, I understand that roundabouts are generally cheaper alternatives in the long run than expensive lighted controls.


Steve Specht
Brownsville

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