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What Would You Improve in the Woodbridge Area in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for the Woodbridge area, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Woodbridge to make it an even better place to live?

Do you have suggested improvements for Potomac Mills Mall or another local shopping center? Do you have a suggested replacement for an empty storefront like RoomStore? Do you have specific improvements in mind for Prince William County sidewalks or trails? 

What is on your Woodbridge wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about why you love living here!

Robert Morris December 31, 2012 at 01:28 PM
On my wishlist is for VDOT to take an active role in improving traffic light timing, not only in Lake Ridge, but throughout PW County. Throughways such as Old Bridge Road, Prince William Parkway, etc. are allowed longer and longer cycles for their green light cycle, while crossroads sit and simmer, having to wait for over four minutes at a time before being allowed to proceed. The length of time that traffic is on rushhour timing is also excessive. I have sat waiting for the red light to change to green during rushhour, with NO vehicles present in either direction for up to a full minute! True rushhour traffic patterns are not the same for every road, so why do those that have lighter cycles have to suffer the long wait? VDOT applies generalizations to manage all traffic corridors in the same manner instead of analyzing to determine what each corridor actually needs.
Kevin M. Raymond December 31, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Rethink putting the proposed baseball stadium across from Sentara Hospital, especiallt given the huge traffic volume.....just another traffic mess in the making..........leave it where it is and rebuild.....right behind the County Center where there is room..................OR build in North Woodbridge as part of redevelopment of that area..........
Patience is virtuous December 31, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I completely agree with both comments posted previous to this one. My suggestion: to connect better bike and running trails to the surrounding areas, eg: all the development around Wegmans should be connected to the surrounding subdivisions. There are several trails/bike lanes around, but most do not connect to one another.
Vinny Darby December 31, 2012 at 08:46 PM
My goal for the Woodbridge and Dale City area for 2013 is increased quality in news reporting. There is so much that is happening and changing in this area and most of it has gone unmentioned because of a lack of reporting, but not from a lack of desire for information. Patch should consider merging Dale City and Woodbridge Patch since they share stories so often. It would be easier to manage and more of your resources could be put towards quality news :)
Yeah Right December 31, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Totally agree with traffic light timing. But my top wish is a reduction in the crime rate in Woodbridge and Lake Ridge.
M. L. Young January 01, 2013 at 02:01 AM
I agree with the comment regarding the location for the new baseball stadium. With a hospital ambulance entrance at the same intersection, I see trouble on game days. I travel that way quite often now, and already see a slowdown in traffic flow since they put the light in at the side entrance to Wegmans off of Opitz. It is my understanding that the parking garage they plan to build will also be used as a commuter lot. What happens on game days when people are picking up and dropping off at the "commuter lot/baseball parking lot"? They scheduled luxury apartments to be built right next to the stadium. If I were going to be paying the luxury prices for those homes, I'm sure I wouldn't want all that traffic and noise just outside my window. I live about 2 miles from the current stadium and can hear the fireworks going off every Saturday and 4th of July. Do you think the luxury apartment owners want all that noise? I'm surprised those people who live in the townhouses at that intersection now aren't speaking up. Perhaps they are, but need to speak up a bit louder before their peaceful lives are gone. Leave the stadium where it is now and just rebuild it.
M. L. Young January 01, 2013 at 02:12 AM
Has anyone else noticed how much slower PW Parkway at Minnieville Rd. is now that they put they "improved" it with an extra half lane for traffic to go straight or turn onto Minnieville? Who thought that was a good idea? The cars in the extra lane speed up to cut ahead of those in the regular lane causing others to hit the breaks to keep from hitting them. It's bad enough that the traffic slows just a bit further up PW Parkway where dozens of cars line up to turn onto Hillendale. That causes the through lane to stop and cars to move to the right to get by them. It has taken as long as an hour to get from Minnieville to Hillendale. After that intersection, the road is clear. The extra lane should be made a right turn only lane onto Minnieville Road. Perhaps with some sort of island or something to keep cars from going straight and ignoring the right turn only arrows.
Rick Young January 01, 2013 at 03:58 AM
Get much tougher on the criminal element. Stiffer penalties on the law breakers, I believe, will greatly help. Society is much to easy on thugs and they rely on society as their enablers. Tougher love is the answer.
Biggoochsr January 01, 2013 at 08:37 AM
Continue to clean up Route 1.... Too many issues lingering along this corridor to single out.
Woodbridge Resident January 01, 2013 at 10:51 AM
Create a walking/biking trail network. The existing trails don't connect to each other nor to likely destinations; and there is no safe pedestrian crossing on route 1. There should be overpasses for foot traffic.
mary shufelt January 01, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Woodbridge resident: Have a sweep,as was done in the Woods, Update codes that need to be changed as buisnesses in residential areas ; large trucks removed from roads promptly: A volunteer group of citizens could review the codes and change them.
JUAN January 01, 2013 at 08:27 PM
IF IT WAS POSSIBLE,, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A SUBWAY TRAIN CONNECTING WOODBRIDGE TO THE SPRINGFIELD SUBWAY
Vinny Darby January 04, 2013 at 03:09 AM
There are plans to widen PW Parkway to 6 lanes from Minnieville to Old Bridge. It was approved in the 2006 bond referendum. Make sure to reach out to your local representative to make sure they know the project is important to you.
M. L. Young January 05, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Vinny Darby....Thanks for the information on the widening of PW Parkway! You made my day! Now I'm going to know that one day it will be fixed and I won't get cut off so often!

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