1. Yes, it's a whole new look! Have questions or need help? Please post your question in the New Forum Questions thread Click the X to the right to dismiss this notice
  2. Seeing tons of unread posts after the upgrade? See this thread for help. Click the X to the right to dismiss this notice

Urgent! PLEASE Vote on the safety of the Demott/Waxpool Intersection

Discussion in 'Broadlands Community Issues' started by BigDog, Jul 7, 2018.

?

What should be done with the Demott / Waxpool intersection?

  1. Install a traffic light

    33.3%
  2. Close the median

    60.0%
  3. Do nothing and take our chances

    6.7%
  1. BigDog

    BigDog New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2003
    Messages:
    158
    Likes Received:
    4
    As a 20 year Broadlands resident, I am hoping my fellow Broadlands residents will join together to fix a dangerous traffic intersection in our community.

    There have been 25 accidents at this intersection over the past 3 years - someone will likely get seriously hurt or killed.

    The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is reviewing safety concerns at the intersection of Demott Dr and Waxpool Rd in light of the frequency of car accidents at that location. Considerations include possible closure of the median so that traffic is restricted to right turn in/right turn out only, installing a traffic light or no action.

    I live near this intersection and drive through it every day. I personally have been in touch with our supervisor, Ron Meyer regarding this dangerous intersection for 2 years.

    Several VDOT studies were done, and according to Ron Meyers staff (July 2017):
    "we received the information below from VDOT this afternoon. It appears that their study of the Demott/Waxpool intersection will warrant a traffic signal."


    But, now we are hearing that there are no plans for a light at this intersection.

    I will also send Ron a link to this poll to provide additional feedback.

    If you have feelings regarding what should or should not be done, please contact Ron Meyer's office at Ron.Meyer@loudoun.gov or 703-777-0204.
     

    Attached Files:

  2. ASB929

    ASB929 New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2018
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    2
    I just want to add that those that vote to close this intersection likely aren't seeing the big picture. If this busy intersection is closed, imagine how many more accidents will happen with people either going to the Waxpool/Claiborne intersection and making U-turns or going up to the end of the median at the Greenway overpass and making U-turns. That's a blind hill and people come up over it going fast. Closing the intersection will also make access to the Summerbrooke pool, Aldi shopping center and Harris Teeter shopping centers harder for many residents. Not to mention the fact that the first responders from the Moorefield Station use this intersection almost daily (I know, I hear them!) if they couldn't go straight across or turn left here - how is that going to impact their response times?! Not good if you're the one waiting on their help. Closing that intersection will basically divide our community in half and I'm not OK with that.

    Yes, it's a light close to another light but I think it's needed for the safety of our community.
     
    Mr. Linux and dbrow like this.
  3. Sunstoner

    Sunstoner Southern Walk||IMPERIUM IN IMPERIO||Not OB||

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2014
    Messages:
    149
    Likes Received:
    32
    Having a traffic light practically in your back yard isn't all that great. Blocking the intersection means a bunch of right turns. Is there really that much "through traffic" from Broadlands Blvd to Mooreview?

    I recall Supervisor Meyer saying that this is a through route to the metro so that factors somehow into the planning.

    If there is a light, people who live near the area I circled will hear constant racing, revving, loud exhausts, and bass pumping just like I do right behind me from that new light on Claiborne.
    int.JPG
     
  4. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2002
    Messages:
    5,036
    Likes Received:
    182
    One potential downside to a traffic light there:
    Demott is a straight shot into the new Ashburn Metro Stop. A light there will make it easy for drivers going to Metro to use Demott from Broadlands Blvd straight into Metro.
    This could lead to a significant increase in cut-through traffic.
    With no light there, traffic will use Claiborne instead.
    Just a thought.
     
    JTC likes this.
  5. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2006
    Messages:
    3,127
    Likes Received:
    78
    I voted to close the intersection due to the fact that the pass through traffic (from outside of the neighborhood) often speed through to get to Broadlands Blvd. and vice versa. To suggest this would divide our community is quite a stretch. Yes, U-turns at Summerbrooke could be dangerous because of the blind hill and (speeding.) That issue can be addressed with no U-turn signage. Allow U-turns at the lights on Claiborne and Waxpool. Better yet, lower the speed limit. There are so many alternate routes and it's not like you have to drive an extra mile to bypass it - more like 2/10th of a mile, if that. There are many ways to mitigate excessive traffic and noise but the number one priority should be to lessen the impact through residential neighborhoods and reduce accidents.
     
    BarnesFamily and JTC like this.
  6. Sunstoner

    Sunstoner Southern Walk||IMPERIUM IN IMPERIO||Not OB||

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2014
    Messages:
    149
    Likes Received:
    32
    How about a traffic circle? Probably expensive, but solves almost all other issues. We could even landscape the center as a welcoming message to Broadlands. We could take that fountain sign over near Old Ryan Rd that doesn't even seem to coincide with Broadlands and move it. Wishful thinking or an impressive gateway? You don't want a traffic light. Trust me.
     
    JTC likes this.
  7. BarnesFamily

    BarnesFamily New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2016
    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    4
    We actually live in the neighborhood off Demott and agree with closing the intersection. All the neighbors Ive talked to agree with this as well. We already have too much cut through traffic on Demott anyway, especially with the childrens pool. Claiborne runs parallel and is a major road.
     

Share This Page