Neighbors Voice Concerns about Added Traffic with New Housing Complex

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. -- Neighbors like Elizabeth Summerfield are concerned a new housing off Port Republic Road may increase traffic on an already busy road.

Aspen Heights, a gated community for students, is expected to open its doors in August. It is expected to have nearly 184 homes, duplexes and townhomes with only one entrance on Port Republic Road.

Summerfield who has lived in a neighborhood off Port Republic Road for seven years has already seen an increase in traffic in the past years.

"Since they put the hospital in down there, the traffic has increased by 30 to 40 percent and of course, you have the squad going in and out all the time," said Summerfield.

She said she fears it would be even worse with the new development.

"You got students, you got other college students, you got parties, so that means a lot more traffic, a lot more noise," said Summerfield.

The Virginia Department of Transportation's traffic data shows in 2010, 9,400 vehicles drove in front of the entrance of Aspen Heights every day. With an estimated growth rate of three percent per year, that number is projected to be 12,265 in 2019.

"It would increase the traffic on the streets and the kids ride up and down their bikes all the time and the added traffic, they wouldn't be watching out for kids," said Summerfield.

There will be 780 parking spaces in the complex, with an estimate of 600 people living there. WHSV has been in contact with Aspen Heights, but so far the company has not commented on the matter.

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