Fri 25 Oct 2013
We encourage all Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy members and friends to stop by a VDOT Location and Design Public Hearing for The Woods Road between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at the J.L. Simpson Middle School, 490 Evergreen Mill Road, SE, Leesburg, VA. If you cannot attend the meeting, you can send written comments to meeting_comments@VDOT.virginia.gov or to Mr. James C. Zeller, P.E., 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 by November 8, 2013. More information is at http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/northernvirginia/the_woods_rd.asp .
Proposals to realign and pave The Woods Road were introduced in 2008 and 2009. Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy issued multiple action alerts during that period, highlighting concerns about the impact these plans would have on the 725-acre Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, an increasingly important reservoir of biodiversity in Loudoun County.
The newest plan for realignment and paving has addressed some of our earlier concerns about impact to wildlife and habitat. However, we continue to have questions and concerns about issues such as: a) the impact on wetlands in the nature preserve, b) the impact on wildlife when The Woods Road realignment separates a section of forest from the rest of the nature preserve, c) the impact on park visitors and wildlife if the road is paved and widened and the speed limit set at 35 mph.
One or more representatives of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy board will attend the public hearing, and shortly thereafter will share any new information we obtain.