Clarke Stewards hear CCHA manager’s concerns about traffic at Melwood | winchester star

Perryville – A draft report on potential motorway improvements for Melwood may be ready for public viewing by late December.

That emerged Tuesday after the Clark County Board of Supervisors heard more complaints about traffic in the rural village, home to several tourist attractions and a popular department store.

Complaints in recent months have focused largely on speeding and short distances on narrow roads, especially Millwood Road (Route 723) and Bishop Mead Road (Route 255).

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) collected speed and accident data for these routes. Engineers now collect data in the form of a report. They’re also checking existing speed zones and markings, according to Ed Carter, resident engineer at the department’s regional office in Edinburgh.

County officials said a public meeting will be scheduled, likely at the Perryville-Clark County Government Center, upon completion of the report.

Nathan Stalvey, executive director of the Clark County Historical Society, addressed the superintendents Tuesday afternoon. The Society operates the historic Burwell-Morgan Mill, an 18th-century grist mill in Millwood.

“Millwood has become a place where people come and spend a good part of the day, with its various attractions, as visitors walk back and forth between the Locke Store and the factory,” said Stalvey.

On certain days of the year, a blacksmith’s shop opens across from the mill, “adding more foot traffic across Melwood Road,” he says.

Stalfi said there was a lack of signs urging drivers to slow down and pay attention to crosswalks. He noted that during a private event earlier this fall, someone stood in a crosswalk to help pedestrians cross the road, yet traffic continued to pass.

“There are no stop signs on Millwood Road coming from Millwood, only at the end of Bishop Meade Road.” Stalvey said, “Aside from a few lightly painted pedestrian lines between the Locke Store and the Mills parking lots, there’s no stopping drivers from crossing.”

He predicted that “foot traffic in Melwood will only increase, especially once Carter Hall reopens” to the public. “For a business in Millwood, that’s great. However, if nothing is done to prevent drivers from speeding in town unchecked, it will be a matter of if — not when — someone gets hurt.”

Carter noted that unlike some areas of the county, Millwood does not have many “pedestrian amenities” such as walking trails or sidewalks. He said it would be the responsibility of the county, not VDOT, to install any such facilities.

On another issue, Carter said VDOT plans to fix drainage and “soft spot” problems along Morgan Mill Road (Route 605), as well as fixing a shoulder subsidence there.

He said options are being explored to eliminate or at least reduce sewage problems along East Main Street in Boise near the railroad crossing.

Boyce officials said these problems are causing heavy backlogs on the street around Town Hall.

Carter said VDOT had reached out to the Norfolk Southern vice president — so far unsuccessfully — to try and get permission to dig and make repairs to the rail right-of-way drainpipe.

White Post County Superintendent Bev McKay told him, “You’d be a hero” to local drivers if the drainage problems could be fixed.

Boyce is part of the Mackay Region.

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