Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Jan. 27, 2017
RECOMMENDATIONS OF ROUTE 29/SHULA DRIVE INTERSECTION ROADWAY SAFETYASSESSMENT SHARED
Proposed change geared to improving safety at intersection
LYNCHBURG – At a community meeting on Thursday, January 26, the findings and recommendations of a Roadway Safety Assessment (RSA) conducted at the Route 29 and Route 642 (Shula Drive) intersection in Pittsylvania County were presented.
The purpose of the RSA was to gather input from key stakeholders and identify feasible solutions to address concerns with a goal to improve safety at this intersection. The RSA team, made up of state and local officials/law enforcement, citizens and Fire/EMS personnel, has been working together since October 2016 to conduct this assessment and to prepare the findings and recommendations. The group looked at current conditions, reviewed crash history and identified possible crash patterns in developing possible alternatives.
While nine alternatives were initially considered, ultimately four were considered most feasible:
- Installing an Intersection Conflict Warning System – Dynamic Flashing Warning Beacons
- Closing the west leg of Route 642, Shula Drive
- Constructing a Restricted Crossing U-Turn (RCUT)/J-Turn Intersection
- Constructing Off-set T-Intersections
These alternatives were further evaluated for their likelihood to either increase or decrease crashes, impacts, costs and other factors.
As a result, the final recommendation, which has the greatest benefit as compared to cost, is to close the west leg of Route 642.
The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors will take this recommendation under advisement and will work with VDOT to make a final determination about safety changes at this location.
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