Apparently many Prince William County residents are extremely concerned about the negative impact of the proposed North/South Corridor, also called the Tri-County Parkway. This roadway will pick up at Dumfries Road and run down the western end of Prince William Parkway. The new road will begin and follow Pageland to Route 50 in Loudoun County. The actual details are still murky. Apparently Supervisor Candland was only expecting a small crowd. Well, instead of around 50, there were 250, at least– standing room only in the cafeteria.
Residents were forced to look at maps that had little information, vague descriptions of how the road will function, and little to no firm dates of when the road will be built. The VDOT segment of the meeting was incredibly boring, of little value and frustrating to say the least.
What was made abundantly clear, was the intent of the road to “move traffic from 95 through to the Dulles Corridor because that is where the state has its priority in the economic engine of Dulles Airport.” Additionally there is a need “to move cargo trucks to Dulles”.
I was livid. Can you imagine, it was like someone telling you to your face you are disposable. Finally, it was the citizens’ turn to speak.
I said, ” all I have heard tonight is about the economic engine of Dulles. What you are planning on is to move traffic, including cargo, from 95 to the Dulles Corridor. What about Prince William County and her needs? What about our economic engine? What about OUR economic needs? What about our way of life? What about the decimation of the Rural Crescent in the western end? You might as well admit that Prince William County is being used like a cheap one night stand!”
And that my folks, is what we have been reduced to in this county, a booty call for the state.
I expect each and every Supervisor to join the citizens in their outrage over the State’s intended blatant misuse of our county.