Letter: Helen Ganster, Leesburg 

Editor: How can Loudoun County be even thinking about widening Rte. 15 north or south of Leesburg?

Historically this road has been spared the massive destruction of our expanding town because it is designated hallowed ground:  troops fought and died using this corridor during the Civil War.  That’s the emotional reason NOT to wide.

The practical reason is the well-known fact that the road north of town follows a geologically risky vein of limestone soil known as “karst” that is characterized by sinkholes. In fact, recently one spot on the north end of town made news when the pavement caved in.

It is so sad to read that history and mother nature herself are about to be ignored on an absolutely stunningly scenic route between Rt. 28 and the Potomac River.  

Helen Ganster, Leesburg 

3 thoughts on “Letter: Helen Ganster, Leesburg 

  • 2021-11-07 at 9:02 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with the writer. I’m a big supporter of historical preservation. It’s terrible that we live in an autocracy. There are entirely too many cars on the road. Why should we destroy history to make room for even more cars? I’m big on walking & public transit. Perhaps others should make that effort as well. P.S. — An extreme example is in nearby Caroline County. That’s where John Wilkes Booth was apprehended. All that’s left to show children is a puny roadside marker along U.S. 301.

  • 2021-11-08 at 8:57 am

    I’m sure that the scenic view is a consolation to the families of people killed in Rt 15 accidents.

    Rt 15 is a safe, scenic, 4-lane road through Gettysburg. There’s a bit of history there that survived.

  • 2021-11-08 at 9:41 am

    When your highways become parking lots, you have a problem. The battle for keeping the character for Route 15 was lost 30 years ago when development started. We are past the point of no return.

    But, it does seem that the newest configuration of the “outer beltway” is a light-less Route 7 that feeds into an expanded Route 15. If we can’t get a new bridge across the Potomac, then using the only existing bridge becomes the solution.

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