Residents in the area near a proposed Gallows Road-1-495 interchange requested stop lights and noise barriers during a public hearing on the project at Falls Church High School last week.
In spite of these requests both George Lawson, representing the Holmes Run Civic Association, and Paul Fahey of the popular Hill Citizens Association supported in principle an amended proposal from the highway department involving a loop ramp and finger ramps at the proposed interchange. A noise barrier is included in the proposal. Several stoplights also are included although not as many as residents wanted.
There was little opposition to a cloverleaf finger ramps on and off Gallows Road and 1-495 and the amendment to add a loop ramp from Gallows Road to southbound 495 was presented to an audience of 50 persons by Robert Mannell, a desing engineer from the Richmond highway department office.
He told the group the loop ramp was less expensive and would provide for a more efficient flow of traffic.
The project is expected to cost $1, 523,000 for preliminary engineering and construction, and $555, 338 for right of way costs. Much of the land for the rights of way is expected to be donated.
The department estimated the annual loss in real estate taxes if the interchanges are built at $3,825 per year. No families or business will be displaced.
In addition to installation of sequential traffic lights, Fahey, who is a member of a task force studying the area, also suggested the widening of Woodburn Road.
Fred E. Gorove, traffic counsultant representing the American Automobile Assiciation at the Rt. 50-1-495 interchange area, asked for further study, particularly on the impact of future traffic volume increase.
K. R. Mercy, a Holmes Run resident, asked for lights in his area east of 1-495 and Bernard Burnette also made suggestions for traffic flow on the west side of 1-495.
William W. Richardson, assistant to the chairman of the Mobil Corporation, said he supports the improvements at the interchange. But he said he felt the proposed traffic loop, which will be on Mobil's property, could be tightened. "We are trying to be a good neighbour," he told the audience.
The hearing, was the latest of many concerning land use and zonings as well as highway improvement in this area. A task force report on the area Comprehensive Planning was released last spring.
The hearing was chaired by D. B. Hope of the Culpeper office of the state highway department. Residents have 10 additional days to summit written statements to the highway department.