Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Nov. 30, 2016
TRAFFIC SIGNAL TO BE REMOVED FROM ROUTE 33 IN ROCKINGHAM COUNTY
STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation will remove a traffic signal from Route 33 (Spotswood Trail) in Rockingham County. The work will take place at the old intersection with Route 704 (Boyers Road), about 0.2 mile east of the Harrisonburg city limits.
Starting Tuesday, December 6, contractors will change pavement markings and signs near the intersection. This is scheduled to take place during daylight hours and will require temporary lane and shoulder closures. When that work is complete, the traffic signal will be placed into flash mode for about one week. In mid-December, the signal will be removed during overnight hours using temporary lane and shoulder closures. All work is weather permitting.
Variable message boards will alert drivers to the signal’s removal. VDOT urges caution as motorists become acquainted with the traffic pattern changes.
The portion of Route 704 just south of Route 33 was closed in July 2015, and this location now serves as an access point to three businesses. Drivers exiting these businesses will have a stop sign controlling their access to Route 33. An additional yield sign in the median will control access to westbound Route 33. Drivers on Route 704 now access Route 33 by using Route 280 (Stone Spring Road), the final portion of the Southeast Connector.
VDOT’s Northwest Regional Operations division conducted a study of the former intersection of Route 33 and Route 704. The study found that vehicular traffic generated by existing businesses does not warrant a signalized intersection, and that removal of the unnecessary traffic signal is likely to reduce the number of crashes in this area.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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