Almost every other day, according to Bernard (Bud) Simpson of Occoquan, a car runs off of Davis Ford Road and lands in his front yard. Angered by the recurring accidents, Davis has waged a 14-month battle against the Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation, which has a plan to bring the road even closer to his residence.
"Just the other day, I had to help push a Prince William County Police car out of my front yard. This is getting ridiculous," Simpson said.
"Not a week goes by without someone ending up in my front yard."
Simpson lives in a white colonial house at 1523 Davis Ford Rd. (Rte. 641) near Rte. 123 in Prince William. His house is 45 feet from the highway, but the state is planning to bring the road within 15 feet of his house.
Since 1975, 38 accidents have occurred in the sharp curve fronting the Davis residence, according to statistics from the Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation. Simpson says the number is much higher.
Simpson, a marketing specialist, moved into the house in December 1975, after inheriting it from his father. With the help of his wife, Joan, and their two daughters, Simpson renovated the 200-year-old structure.
Davis Ford Road is one of the most highly traveled roads in Prince William. In addition to serving as the primary link to the western end of the county and the county seat in Manassas, Davis Ford Road is a back door entrance to the bedroom community of Dale City.
The state highway department has approved plans to widen the existing two-lane roadway into a four-lane highway. The new construction would involve 1.3 miles and cost an estimated $1.3 million, according to Jeff Middlebrooks, the head of the county planning office.
Simpson is in favor of widening the road, but he wants the state to change its plans.
Instead of carving away 30 of the 45 feet separating him from the highway, Simpson wants the road moved to the north toward the community of Elysian Woods. According to Simpson, if the highway department plans were altered to reduce the severity of the curve in the road, fewer wrecks would occur.
Middlebrooks said the state is approximately one year away from awarding a contract to start construction.
According to Kathleen Seefeldt, chairman of the Prince William Board of Supervisors, any changes by the state in the approved plans would be done by the state "as a courtesy."