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Posted September 19, 2012 | 3 Comments
Speed limit to remain as posted on Browntown Road
Almost 100 residents of area had signed petitions asking for reduction
By Alex Bridges - firstname.lastname@example.org
Warren County leaders say they believe speed limits on Browntown Road should remain as posted.
The Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting Tuesday voted 5-0 against requesting that the Virginia Department of Transportation study traffic and speeds on Browntown Road. Board members expressed concerns that such a speed study would cost the county several thousand dollars without a guarantee it would recommend any changes.
Instead, supervisors decided the county sheriff's office should continue its enforcement of the speed limits on the road.
Shenandoah District Supervisor Richard H. Traczyk said Wednesday that not all Browntown Road area residents have supported efforts to reduce speeds on the route.
While speeds were addressed on part of Browntown Road in his district, Traczyk explained that those sections were more heavily populated and developed.
County Administrator Douglas P. Stanley said Wednesday the locality had a speed study done on Browntown Road years ago. That resulted in some changes made to the limits on the route. Doing another study so soon at the county's expense was redundant, Traczyk said.
Nearly 100 Browntown Road area residents signed petitions asking the county to reduce speed limits from the currently marked 45 mph to 35 mph from Hickory Hill Road to the Freedom Club - approximately 3.6 miles. The group also asked the county to reduce speed limits in some areas from 35 mph to 30 mph. Residents asked the county to clear and remove tree limbs from the south side of Browntown Road near Rocky Lane to increase the sight distance for motorists attempting to access Browntown Road from Rocky Lane.
Also at the meeting, supervisors held public hearings on several matters: