The News and Messenger reports that Logmill Road is to be flattened. It has been the scene of 7 deaths since 2000 and countless more injuries. The project will be completed with federal funds and is projected to be finished November, 2012.
After reading some of the hateful reader comments on insidenova.com, it seems that some discussion is needed. Many communities have stretches of road that are particularly deadly, as evidenced by the make-shift graves that spring up along road sides. Logmill Road is one of Prince William County’s most deadly. It has no shoulders. It is like riding a roller coaster because of the hills. The faster one goes, the better the effect, unless you lose control of your car or an animal darts out in front of you. The kids used to call it ‘jumping the hills’ according to family members (in-laws) who grew up out on the Mountain.
Good for the county for recognizing this problem But can this problem be addressed in other, less disruptive ways? There is a stretch of road on route 29, just as you leave Madison and enter Green County on the way to Charlottesville. I have never driven through that area that I didn’t see at least one cop car. The natural inclination there is to speed. You are coming off a hill to a flat stretch of road. And the cops are waiting for you. I always kept my speed to the limit through there and I expect they could probably built a new school or 2 with the money they have brought in giving tickets to unsuspecting drivers. You can tell those who are familiar with that stretch. Those are the folks going exactly the speed limit. they learned.