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OPEN THE NEW STERLING INTERCHANGE!

November 20, 2006

IN RESPONSE TO REQUESTS, HERE IS previous letter:


>>>OPEN THE NEW 25 MILLION DOLLAR INTERSECTION NOW
>>>STOP THE Mass Transit Outrage of Sterling.
>>> TRANSPORTATION CRIME OF THE CENTURY

At 11 A.M. Tuesday, November 21 the board of supervisors will find out "why" the new $25 million Sterling Boulevard interchange has been closed by the Governor.

This is an act of political agression which I consider (QUOTE) "Mass Transit Outrage" (UNQUOTE).

THE NEW Sterling Blvd. intersection is built except for the permit to open it "officially".The governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine, will not issue the permit to open it.

For six months the community of Sterling Park and the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has been led to believe through public statements and other written documents that the Sterling Boulevard-Route 28
interchange will be opened November 21, six months ahead of schedule.

It is built. Finished. Announcements and notices were posted.

Last Friday, Nov. 10 I was informed that this new functional intersection would be closed until a study is conducted about a planned feeder road (Ceder Green Road ) closing.

I responded by working with county staff to find out how this was accomplished without any consultation of the local government or me who have all worked on this for many years and funded it through a tax district.

>>>RICHMOND CLOSED FUNCTIONAL INTERCHANGE

Without consulting me or any other Supervisors or the Route 28 Tax District which I serve on, memos and and letters on behalf of the governor and other officials directed the Virginia Department of
Transportation ( VDOT) not to issue any permits to open Sterling boulevard or to close Cedar Green off.

A letter keeps the new Sterling Boulevard interchange closed indefinitely due to a letter from the Governor asking for further study of a long planned Cedar Green Road closing.

I am asking the Board of Supervisors to be formally briefed on this entire matter at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. This is the strangest report of government action I have seen EVER.

For seven years, I have been working very hard to get this Sterling Blvd. interchange built and operating safely for 100,000 daily users.

At the last minute some opportunists are yelling "safety" over emergency access to a small side road which nobody uses.

I respect good willed or well-intentioned public officials who act responsibly. If allowed to stand, this closing a new functional and completed intersection is the transportation crime of the century.

The safety of my constitutents and the safety of Loudoun's citizens is at risk by this mass transit outrage or aborted Sterling Boulevard opening.

Along with thousands of people in Sterling there are many other thousands of Loudoun citizens affected by the Governor unilaterally deciding to study something that requires no further study.

THE ENTIRE INTERSECTION OF STERLING BOULEVARD AND ROUTE 28 IS finished and is operational at this time.

It can be opened after some final construction permits are granted, such as the shutting off of the traffic light so that a small section of a ramp can be finished. That's it. You can drive on it today with no difficulty.

All you have to do is remove the wooden barriers.

I refuse to be complicit in a premeditated reversal of real progress for the people of Sterling. This is nothing less than a mass transit outrage and I will consider all options in condemning this immoral sabatoge of a major transportation improvement.

I will keep you posted after the board of supervisors meeting.

MANY of you are writing me, and writing the board. Keep doing it. Please.

Please consider writing the Board of Supervisors and asking the board of supervisors to demand the quick opening of the Sterling Blvd. and Route 28 intersection.

The address for the Board is bos@loudoun.gov

Thank you very much for understanding the level of urgency involved in this stunt by the Governor and other officials who are either being mislead or are just plain wrong.

Ask for an end to delays. There has already been 2 weeks of delay before I found out this betrayal of my and your trust.

THIS PAST FRIDAY I DROVE ON THE NEW INTERSECTION.

20 feet below the traffic is stalled.

20 feet above thousands of drivers, there is an empty vacant ramp that will cut their travel time by 15 minutes going through the intersection.

Today I walked the closed intersection. And I drove it in my 1999 buick century.

This is the taxpayers road and it has been closed. A brand new ready to drive on road that will save each of 100,000 drivers a half hour each day.

The Governor is costing 100,000 people a half hour each day. That's how long it takes to wait for the two lights each way going to work and coming from home.

Not only that there are half as many accidents at the other new interchanges that recently opened (route 606 and Church Road intersections) . The Governor is causing twice as many accidents to happen each day this intersection is closed.

I drove out over Route 28 and saw thousands of people waiting for traffic lights going north and south that should have been turned off today. I saw unused and empty entrance and exit ramps and an overpass ready to be driven on. All the signs and markings are up for easy access.

Just large orange barrels prevent the use of this intersection.

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