February 11, 2016
There have been conversations going on lately about high-speed rail coming to Richmond from DC. The project has over $55 million backing it, so it is very much a real possibility, with the ultimate goal to link Washington, DC to Charlotte, North Carolina with high-speed rail. These trains would travel at top speeds of 90 miles an hour and would have limited station stops. The objective is to ease traffic on the I-95 Corridor on the East Coast.
However, this could mean some big changes to the Town of Ashland and surrounding land within the next 10 years. If high-speed rail were to come through the center of town with the existing train tracks, there would be limited crossings for cars and pedestrians, and fences would be built on both sides of the tracks out of safety concerns. This could radically change the way our downtown functions. How would Randolph-Macon access both sides of the tracks?
The option that a lot of people are embracing is a western bypass of the Town of Ashland. You can view this route on www.dc2rvarail.com. Click on “About the Project,” and then the “Interactive Corridor Map.” We are in the Central Section. The western bypass would split off from the main line near where the South Anna River crosses Route 1. It would then intersect Cross Corner Road twice, cross Blunts Bridge and Independence, go over the mill pond, behind the Luck Dairy property, cross Yowell Road, and through Holy Cross Lutheran Church. It would then continue south into the Elmont area, eventually re-joining the existing track very close to where Elmont Road crosses the train tracks now.
Please spread the word about this project and be on the lookout for meetings in our area. There should be one soon at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center. You can also submit comments on the website. This is a huge project that has the potential to drastically change the landscape of Ashland and the surrounding land. Please get in touch with your county Supervisor, as well!
We are in for a chilly weekend in this Valentine town, but there are lots of ways for you to stay warm with the people that you love.
At the Ashland Theater Saturday, Feb. 13, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., come see the documentary, “Unbranded” with guest speaker Tom Seay. This movie tells the story of four cowboys who move a string of wild mustangs 3,000 miles from Mexico to Canada, and will benefit the United States Equine Rescue League, Inc.
Sunday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m., come see “Pretty Woman” complete with pizza, beer, and champagne!
One of my favorite movies is coming to the stage at Randolph-Macon! “Steel Magnolias” will run at the Cobb Theater from Feb. 17th through the 20th, at 8 p.m. Come step inside Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana; tickets are $5 for the public and free to R-MC students and staff.
Call or email me with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay warm this weekend!