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Residents Prefer Widen-in-Place Option for Route 1

More than 280 residents submitted comments to the FHWA.

The majority of residents prefer the widen-in-place option for Route 1, according to public comments submitted to the Federal Highway Administration.

The FHWA hosted a to kick off the public comment period where residents could submit feedback about Route 1 widening options. : no-action; widening Route 1 in place; or a southeast bypass that winds behind Woodlawn Stables.

The FHWA received comments from 281 people. The widening-in-place option received support from many organizations, including the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce, Mount Vernon Civic Coalition, and local legislators including Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland, Congressman Jim Moran (D-8th District), Sen. Toddy Puller (D-36th) and Del. Scott Surovell (D-44th).

The breakdown of comments submitted is as follows:

  • 27 preferred the no build option    
  • 15 preferred the bypass option          
  • 105 preferred the widen-in-place option     
  • 35 preferred widen-in-place with acreage coming from the Woodlawn Plantation side noting the overgrowth and unkempt manner of the unused acreage along the roadside
  • 40 commented that the process was non-transparent        
  • 126 commented the road should not impact Woodlawn Stables
  • 14 commented the road should not impact the National Historic Landmark
  • 35 commented that the road should not impact the Woodlawn Baptist Church
  • 14 commented that there was a need for transit/preserve the right of way.

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