South Wales + Route 229 Issues

To:    South Wales Board of Directors , Community Home Owners, Culpeper County Board of Supervisors, and Virginia Department of Transportation 

From:    Mr. Terry Sindt,, 540-937-9907 and Fred Furtado,, 540-937-8255 of Donnington Court, South Wales 

Subject:  The residents of South Wales are concerned over the safety and noise along Route 229 fronting the SW subdivision.

The amount of traffic in the area of Clevengers corner and the South Wales Subdivision has increased dramatically during the past ten years as the county of Culpeper has added many new housing subdivisions. Our South Wales community population has doubled during this time and the excessive speed along Route 229 is becoming dangerous for automobiles exiting and entering the subdivision and turning onto Colvin Road/621.   

In addition, road noise levels from the route 229 roadway has become louder over the years with increased traffic.  Many more people are driving beyond Culpeper county to points in Northern Virginia and beyond via 229 to get to their jobs. Their commute passes our community from 4:30 am until 9 am and from 3:30 pm until 8 pm, although road noise from 229 is still heard well after 10:00 pm.

Last summer, VDOT resurfaced the roadway along our South Wales subdivision. The road was scuffed up with machinery and then coated with a tar based mixture.  Apparently something went wrong with the procedure resulting in an uneven washboard effect on the road surface.  The rough surface appears to have increased the road noise, possibly as much as 40 percent.  Residents with property that abut the roadway are particularly subjected to this louder noise.  


We ask our South Wales Board of Directors to champion a resolution to our concerns by working with Culpeper supervisors and VDOT on behalf of all residents of South Wales. As of October 24th the SW Board has unanimously agreed to support the Route 229 Safety and Noise issues listed above.

a.    Implement the recommendations of the Intersection Safety of Route 621 and Route 229, Rev 5-18-2012, by installing the caution light at the intersection of 229 and 621.

b.    Correct the 229 resurfacing mistake that was made in late summer of 2012.

c.    Conduct a noise impact study to document the noise level and compare against existing criteria for warranted corrective action.

d.    Aggressively enforce the current 55 mph speed limit and if warranted, reduce it to 45 mph.

We ask our South Wales residents and Jeffersonton neighbors to please sign our petition at We welcome any of you who would like to visit us or telephone us to discuss these important issues and we encourage you to talk with your neighbors about this petition.


Terry Sindt


South Wales Community Website


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    Betsy Walker, United States

    1 year ago Comments: The speed of the traffic is much too high for everyone's safety. The deer are out this time of year and it is a disaster waiting to happen.
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    Gonul Tasar, United States

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    Murat F Tasar, United States

    1 year ago Comments: The speed reduction is essential in my opinion (a retired Civil Engineer with some experience in road design and safety). The sight distance approaching the second South Wales entrance (the one closer to 211) northbound is probably inadequate for the current speed limit.
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