The Leesburg Town Council could vote as early as Tuesday evening on whether or not to seek funding for a signal light at the intersection of Plaza Street and Battlefield Parkway in fiscal year 2014. It is currently scheduled for construction in FY 2017.
Elizabeth Whiting, chair of the Standing Residential Traffic Committee (SRTC), said that, following a recent study, there has been an increase in traffic due to new businesses and the opening of Tuscarora High School during the 2010-2011 school year.
Although it is anticipated that almost 700 students will soon transfer to the high school in Lansdowne, Whiting said traffic is still projected to grow.
Councilman Marty Martinez said he’d be in favor of installing a light as soon as possible before someone is involved in an accident.
“I just want to make sure we do everything we can to make that intersection safe,” Martinez said. He recommended flashing yellow lights during off peak hours in order to make travel time more convenient.
Councilman Dave Butler said he was in favor of the SRTC’s recommendation. Councilwoman Katie Hammler said it would still give the council plenty of time to seek additional funding.
Vice Mayor Kevin Wright said based on his observations, the intersection seems to be fairly safe. Although he is not 100 percent sold on the idea of installing the traffic light at this time, he is looking forward to further discussions.