CLARKE COUNTY, Va. (WDVM) — The town of Hillsboro, Va. plans to close Route 9 for about one year starting before the end of 2019.
Meanwhile, Clarke County, Va. government officials are concerned that this closure will direct commuters to U.S. 340, Va. Route 7 and Shepherds Mill Road. The Clarke County board of supervisors says the traffic added to these alternate routes could cause more people to be injured or killed on these roads.
The county is also worried that the traffic will increase the cost of EMS care, as well as require a larger law enforcement presence, and more road maintenance for residents.
“Sometimes, some mornings there are 10 cars waiting to turn left,” said David Pratt, Clarke County resident. “If this road is all the bypass traffic from nine down Shepherds Mill, you’re going to have hundreds of cars turning left. It’s almost inconceivable because they will be waiting 20 minutes to turn left.”
Within the year, Hillsboro officials plan to add two roundabouts, update underground utilities and rebuild the road.