Chairman Debbie Donehey, of the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors, sent a request letter to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) regarding their study to the U.S. Route 211 between Sperryville and the Skyline Drive which ruled that it should not have its speed limit reduced and should not be designated as a no-passing zone.

Donehey believes that a reduction of the speed limit from 45 mph to 35 mph would be in the best interest of the safety of the residents, business owners, and pedestrians. She also requested that the VDOT mark the segment of the road between restaurants Off the Grid and Sperryville Trading Cafe and Market as a no-passing zone to prevent more accidents occur in that area.

VDOT has already conducted four studies along the same stretch of road since 1999 and its last implementation of a reduced speed limit was on last May 2008. According to reports, residents and businesses owners in the area are also worried about the new speed limit and demand that VDOT take steps to reduce it.

VDOT study shows that there are 27 total crashes recorded within the area over the past 5 yrs., only 5 were found to have speed violations, of those, two are DUI drivers.

Many of the collisions involved drivers crashing into wild animals or crashing off-road. But 10 of the 27 crashes that occurred in 2019, was said to be an unexplained outlier.

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