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June 28, 2018

VDOT will host Route 29 meetings today at LFCC

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Everyone agrees the hilly, northbound approach to Vint Hill Road presents significant danger, but the county supervisors and VDOT disagree on the solution.
State transportation officials will try again next week to develop a community consensus on improving Route 29 safety and efficiency between Warrenton and the Prince William County line.

“Following up on a commitment made last month, officials with the Virginia Department of Transportation will meet with Fauquier County officials and community representatives to begin a discussion toward solutions to improve safety and the efficient movement of traffic for local and long-distance users on the Route 29 corridor in northern Fauquier County,” the state agency said in a press release Tuesday afternoon.
 
The meeting will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in The Barn at Lord Fairfax Community College just south of Warrenton.

VDOT and County representatives, along with several community and business representatives, “will discuss transportation issues and concerns within the corridor, particularly on the section between Warrenton and Prince William County,” the agency said.
 
“This meeting is intended to kick off a collaborative effort between VDOT, Fauquier County and the community to reach a consensus on strategies for improvements to the corridor and at several intersections where the need for safety and operational improvements have been identified, including Route 215 (Vint Hill Road) and Route 600 (Broad Run Church Road).”

VDOT officials will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. to receive any input from those unable to attend the afternoon meeting.
 
Fauquier government representatives and citizens have blasted VDOT’s plans for changing intersections and restricting left turns throughout the corridor.

The board of supervisors in April unanimously agreed to a May 1, 2019, deadline for VDOT and county staff to “reach a design solution” to Route 29 traffic problems.

Citizens came out in force last September and mostly opposed VDOT’s recommendations for the corridor, which serves about 40,000 vehicles a day.

> Click here for more details about VDOT’s proposals.
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