Jennifer Gwaltney 757-925-2583

Aug. 9, 2013

First roundabout on Eastern Shore

ACCOMACK– The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is set to begin a roundabout project to improve traffic flow and intersection capacity in the town of Tasley.
Construction is scheduled to start the week of August 12.

Branscome, Inc. was awarded the $1.08 million contract to install a roundabout at the current location of the intersections of Tasley Road (Business Route 13), Greenbush Road (Route 316), and Fairgrounds Road (Route 126) in Accomack County. The project is being funded by a combination of state and federal funds.

This will be the first roundabout on the Eastern Shore; however, VDOT has used roundabouts elsewhere in the state where they have proven effective when used in the appropriate situation, to enhance safety and reduce crashes and traffic delays. Roundabouts are generally small in diameter and require slow speeds. Traffic flows counter-clockwise around a center island, and entering traffic yields to circulating traffic.

“This is a much-needed project that has been on the table for a long time. We’re excited to see it  get started,” said Chris Isdell, VDOT Accomac Residency Administrator. “Like anything new, it may take some getting used to, but we think motorists will be pleased with the roundabout and how it will maintain safe and efficient traffic flow.”

During construction, the intersection will be closed to traffic.  Signed detours will be in place.  Motorists should anticipate minor delays.  

The project is scheduled for completion in fall 2013.

For a detour map and to learn more about the project, please visit:

For more information on roundabouts, please see:

Motorists are encouraged to visit, call 511, listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information.   


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