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September 10, 2019 · OPINION

Heavy logging trucks pose danger on Blantyre Road

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By Bruce Crandall
Broad Run

So, here’s what we have. Heavy logging trucks are carrying cleared timber from another development in Prince William County just west of Haymarket. Their transit route is west on Route 55 into Fauquier County, south on Route 628 (Blantyre Road) and beyond. Who knows?

The point is this traffic should be using major roads to their destination. Route 29, Route 17 and Interstate 66 are there for that purpose.

School bus safety and unusual wear and tear are impacted on our county’s rural roads. Meeting a heavily-laden logging truck on narrow, curvy and hilly Blantyre Road can be dangerous, especially because they take up more than a normal share of the road. This situation presents a deadly accident waiting to happen.

My hope is the county supervisors and transportation safety officials in Fauquier County are reviewing this situation and providing some remedy, or at least a good explanation prior to the next elections.
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BruceKN4GDX · September 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm
Thank you Ms. Ward. I have taken several steps that I hope will help remedy the situation, at least in our case here in the Broad Run area. I have notified our Board of Supervisors and had some correspondence with Holder Trumbo. (Thank you Mr. Trumbo). And I have notified Senator Vogel's office about the situation. The usual responses on this is that if there's no violation, there's nothing they can do. But I will be in touch with the State Police tomorrow and explain the situation. A few safety checks of these big rigs will most likely convince them to take a more open route.

In this case, the development is Del Webb's "Carter's Mill". I will lodge a complaint with them. If you can identify the developer in your situation on Casanova Road, I encourage you to do the same.

I'm not against development, but in our case, the development is in PWC, and the safety hazards are impacting Fauquier County.

Best of Luck.

Linda Ward · September 10, 2019 at 3:20 pm
Agreed Mr. Crandall it is worrisome, the same thing is happening on Casanova Rd. Large to super large semi-trucks using a narrow two-lane road with no shoulders, the same road that bicyclists and runners use. The road is showing a great deal of wear and tear, especially along the edges. I wonder sometimes if their GPS sends them on these routes to save time?
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