Coming Soon: Route 53 and Route 618, Fluvanna County
VDOT advertised this project for construction bids on Nov. 5, 2019.
The purpose of the project is to construct a roundabout at the existing "T" intersection of Route 53 (Thomas Jefferson Parkway) and Route 618 (Lake Monticello Road) to improve traffic safety and more effeciently move traffic.
The roundabout will include enhanced street lighting and pedestrian accommodations.
A 5-foot sidewalk along the northeast quadrant of the intersection and along the south side of Route 618 will accommodate pedestrians. A marked crosswalk across Route 618 will connect the existing JAUNT bus stop in the parking lot of the Effort Baptist Church with future Park and Ride spaces that are planned to be included in the proposed development to the north of the intersection.
Roundabouts are safer than traffic signals and conventional stop-controlled intersections because traffic can continually and efficiently flow through the intersection and vehicle operating speeds are lower. Additionally, roundabouts help reduce air pollution and fuel use compared to a signalized intersection due to reduced idling and less acceleration and deceleration.
Other relevant links:
SMART SCALE scorecard (165 KB)
Phase: Coming Soon
State ID: 0053-032-S71
Federal ID: HSIP-03-7(025)
Lat/Long: 37.927772, -78.359333