Working to Prevent Traffic

By: Shane Symolon Email
By: Shane Symolon Email

It could take longer for localities to rezone land and get developments built when a state law goes into effect this summer.

Augusta County is getting ready to implement new traffic impact laws. Carolyn Thomas says Fishersville has been growing up, bringing a lot of traffic to her street, which is right off of Route 250.

"It has made it very difficult to get in and out of my driveway even. We've even given thought to changing the direction of our driveway," says Thomas.

Augusta County Supervisor Wendell Coleman says the county will be working to make sure traffic doesn't get worse.

Supervisors have to, because of a law passed by the General Assembly requiring localities to perform traffic impact studies every time a development is planned that may bring in more than 200 cars.

"There should be specific recommendations in terms of road improvements that are going to need to be made as a result of a development moving in," says Coleman.

This requirement will make rezoning and rebuilding into a longer and more costly process, but Coleman says it could be worth it if everyone works together.

"We want to work in partnership with the developer, with the county, and with the state, so that everybody bears some responsibility for the improvements that need to be made," says Coleman.

Many areas already do a traffic impact analyses when big projects are moving in, but the law will increase how often they'll have to study the roads.


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