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Falmouth intersection design lacks a pond

Date published: 4/7/2013

Falmouth intersection design lacks a pond

With demolition completed and work about to begin on the new Falmouth intersection, I find it outrageous that in a time where everyone seems so concerned about the health of Virginia rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, the road engineers at VDOT have designed the intersection with no retention pond (stormwater management system).

As it stands, every drop of oil, every drop of engine coolant, every cigarette butt tossed from windows of cars waiting at the new intersection will find its way into the storm drains and be dumped into the Falls Run creek, a mere 1,000 feet from the Rappahannock River.

VDOT explained to me that it did not need a retention pond because they had some "green" areas along the roadway and therefore didn't need to install one.

Here we are at a historic crossroads (literally) where the problems of the intersection are to be addressed once and for all--a solution that we shall live with for the remainder of our lives. Unfortunately, it will be done expeditiously at the expense of every living thing in and along the Rappahannock River downstream of Fredericksburg and Falmouth.

As I understand it, there is nothing planned for the remainder of the old Koons auto dealership on the southeast corner of the intersection not used by the actual intersection--a perfect place to locate a mini-wetlands retention pond. It's not as if it can't be done properly because of space limitations.

Neighbors, let your representatives and Friends of the Rappahannock know. Tell VDOT that the design as it stands is not acceptable.

Andrew Craig