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Following that, we have a critical, factual error. The article states that the speed limit on the new section of the Lake Anna Parkway is 55 mph. On my commute this morning, I counted no fewer than seven signs on the new road proclaiming the limit to be 45 mph. I cannot see how this detail could have been missed. Whether or not 45 is an appropriate limit on this road is the subject of another rant, but for the sake of this discussion, let's just agree that 45 is a conservative limit for this stretch, including the area in front of Spotsylvania High.
The end of the article is where I really had to shake my head. The reporter mentions that Spotsylvania High School reconfigured its parking lot several months ago in anticipation of the new road. Students don't park in the lot that is accessed by the steep driveway that has no traffic light. Only teachers and administrators would ever use that entrance.
Mr. Lora's "tragedy waiting to happen" might have been true had Principal Rusty Davis not been prepared. It seems that Mr. Lora needs to be more aware about what is really happening in his district.
Editor's note: The current speed limit in that work zone is 45 mph. However, it is to be raised to 55 mph when work is completed.
On Aug. 29, the speed limit along Lake Anna Parkway was reduced to 35 mph when Spotsylvania High School and Post Oak Middle School students are arriving and departing, said Don Upperco, Spotsylvania schools' executive director of operations, at the Aug. 27 School Board meeting.