Argument: “Expanding Route 15 would destroy the rural economy and historic nature of the area.”
Fact: Lets break this argument into two parts. First, the rural economy – the no-growth special interests love pointing to a dubious statistic that they have created which states that improving infrastructure in the corridor would lead to a $700 million dollar loss of economic activity. Think about that logically for a minute. How would expanding infrastructure and making it easier for people to get to the vineyards, breweries, and rural entertainment, all of which is set well back from the road and not directly affected by expansion, going to HURT the economy? Bluemont, Great Country Farms, and the breweries/wineries in that area are flourishing since Route 7 was expanded. The same could happen in the 15 corridor. The only place where numerous significant buildings, not historical ones but buildings nonetheless, could be in jeopardy is in downtown Lucketts, which in itself could be avoided if the special interests weren’t also against a bypass around the village.
Second, the history of the area – A perusing of the Loudoun Country Historic Landmark directory as well as a careful examination of satellite imagery of the area, shows exactly ZERO historic structures or buildings that would be affected in any way given proper road design. Keep in mind that “old” does not equal “historic”. This argument simply does not hold water once the facts are examined.