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Rural Prince William Roads Could Become Virginia Scenic Byways

| November 23, 2016 | 0 Comments | Community
Scene from La Grange Winery on Antioch Road in Greater Haymarket.

Scene from La Grange Winery on Antioch Road in Greater Haymarket.

The Prince William County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously, Tuesday afternoon, to request that several Prince William County roads be designated as official Virginia Byways, or “scenic byways.”

The byways could include roads located in the Brentsville, Coles, Potomac and Gainesville magisterial districts. All are located within designated rural areas already protected by the county in the comprehensive plan.

The supervisors are requesting that the follow roads be considered:

  • Aden Road between Rout 234 and Nokesville Road;
  • Bristow Road between Rout 234 and Nokesville Road;
  • Joplin Road between Bristow Road and I-95;
  • Antioch Road between Waterfall Road and John Marshall Highway;
  • Waterfall Road between Antioch Road and the Fauquier County border;
  • and John Marshall Highway between Antioch Road and the Fauquier County border.

According to the action of the motion, these roads “contain aesthetic and cultural value in areas of historical, natural and recreational significant.”

Additionally, the routes meet the established criteria put forth by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Supervisors noted that surrounding counties such as Fauquier, Loudoun and even Fairfax have added scenic byways, and Prince William could do the same.

Supervisor Pete Candland (R-Gainesville) explained that it was a “long road” to get citizen approval on the matter; however, once people realized it would help protect their homes and views, he found that they were on board.

According to VDOT, Virginia has approximately 3,500 miles of special roads that offer “something for everyone” many of which are officially designated Virginia Byways, such as the Blue Ridge Parkway.

“A Virginia Byway offers travelers a side of the commonwealth that is uncommon and revealing” VDOT’s website states. “Each byway leads to scenes of natural beauty and places of historical and social significance.”

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