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VDOT Wraps Up Soapstone Drive Project

New configuration has bike, turning lanes.

Goodbye, construction equipment and flashing signs. Hello, bike and turning lanes.

The project to repave and restripe Soapstone Drive from Lawyers Road to Sunrise Valley Drive is in the finishing stages and completed in most segments.

The 1.5-mile stretch was also given a "road diet," and it now includes bike lanes on either side, one lane in each direction and a turning lane.

The project, which was under construction for about two weeks, has met with mixed reviews from residents, some of whom predict traffic tie-ups during rush hour and while buses and cars are going to and from the three schools in the area.

Have you driven down the new Soapstone? What did you think? Or do we need to wait until school is back in session on Wednesday to really get a feel for the traffic flow?

Kathy November 08, 2011 at 11:15 PM
When threading my way down Soapstone after taking my granddaughter home, I stopped for the light at Lawyers. A woman riding a motorcycle pulled over and got off at the corner to make some adjustments to her bike. She was transporting a child on the back of her motorcycle. The child looked to be five or six years old and was wearing a helmet. I wonder if this is legal. The most exciting part of the Soapstone trip was making a left at Glencourse at the same time someone was turning left at Purple Beech. We were nose to nose. I am sure the people in the other car were hoping, as I was, that the driver of the opposing car knew they were in a turning lane. Kathy Kaplan
Richard Holmquist November 08, 2011 at 11:16 PM
Sorry, Stacy. Enjoy the new road tomorrow!
Chris Taylor Moller November 09, 2011 at 02:37 AM
A huge waste of money! This was a "wish list" item that could have waited for quite a while until really needed items (rebuilding critical infrastructure, i.e., bridges) were funded. Another example of waste, fraud & abuse by the state & Federal governments. Shame on you!
Richard Holmquist November 09, 2011 at 03:37 AM
Re-paving a road is now considered fraud? And what did the feds have to do with it?
Chris Taylor Moller November 09, 2011 at 02:38 PM
@ Richard: There was nothing wrong w/Soapstone Drive the way it was. The money used for this project came from some sort of federal grant. It should have been spent on needed repairs not needless, wasteful wish-list items such as bike lanes on Soapstone Drive. The people in government who made the decision to spend the money this way should be held accountable for wasting our hard earned tax dollars.

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