Public Comments on "Loop Road"

By: Jarrod Aldom
By: Jarrod Aldom

The so-called "loop road" has caused no end of controversy in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County area. But today, VDOT took the first step in getting at least "part" of the situation resolved.

Area residents gathered at Turner Ashby High School to comment about the proposed Southeast connector between Route 33 and Interstate 81. Proponents of the connector say it's needed to improve traffic flow around Harrisonburg. Those against it argue the connector will needlessly damage farmland and Civil War battlefields.

“It would just encourage people to participate," says VDOT Project Manager Jim Clarke. "It's an inclusive project. People can comment anytime, either by e-mail, they can go to our website. They can call or write me at any time. And we're going to have a series of public meetings throughout the process."

Today's meeting was the first step in a process that will take more than two years to complete. Now VDOT will collect data through the fall about traffic patterns and projected growth in the area.

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