Letter: Planning beyond ‘the now’
The citizens should raise this question with their supervisors: Why does the Virginia Department of Transportation only bring forth an annual plan for the county’s six-year plan for secondary roads? When was the last time a discussion was held on the future planning and development of our primary road system for the county, and where should they be built?
Gloucester County is the only locality left with sufficient open landmasses in the region for development and housing market expansion. Therefore, the time is now for the discussions to begin as to where these primary highways will be constructed or widened to handle traffic in excess of 50,000 vehicles per day. The past action of "destroy and build" is not the road to modern development in the best interest of the land or homeowners.
The primary situation before the citizens now is the rebuilding of Page Middle School. Do the taxpayers and the parents of their children want a school situated on a major primary artery or interstate highway, where the entrance and exits would put the children in daily jeopardy? The need to consider an alternate site, outside of a major highway system, would be the ideal situation for the rest of this century. Time is on the taxpayers’ side since the "need" still has not been determined and planning beyond the now has not been determined for the future of the students or the community.
Gloucester Point, Va.