Civil War Trust opposes Va road projectFirst, what in God's name are "traffic calming measures"? Do they suggest that we need to station Les Brown and his Band of Renown out in the cornfields of Culpeper to soothe the road rage that one must guess afflicts the travelers in the area?
Culpeper, Va. (AP) -- The Virginia Department of Transportation's plan to widen a section of Virginia Route 3 in Culpeper County is drawing more opposition.
This week, the Civil War Trust added its voice to opponents who say the project would jeopardize the Brandy Station battlefield area.
The transportation department wants to expand a 5-mile section of the road between Stevensburg and Lignum from two lanes to four. It has said the project wouldn't affect the battlefield, Hansbrough's Ridge or a newly discovered natural spring.
The Star-Exponent reports that the Civil War Trust sent a letter Monday to VDOT's Culpeper District administrator requesting that the project be dropped. The nonprofit group suggested using "traffic calming measures" instead to improve safety. [link]
And speaking of cornfields, have you driven that stretch of Route 3 in recent centuries? It's all farm fields and weeds. What's to be disturbed by widening the highway? (Besides mosquitoes.)
I have to tell you, I'm sometimes embarrassed by my brothers and sisters in the Civil War research and encapsulation world. It's a big field, fellas. The armies (and cavalry squadrons) will never march (or caracole) there again.
Give it up. It's history. Leave it there.