Two rumble strip projects are planned in the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation to help reduce head-on crossover and car crashes in the area.
Rumble strips create noise and vibration that alerts drivers to correct their direction.
According to VDOT, In 2018, 53 highway fatalities in the Lynchburg district were attributed to vehicles running off the road and either overturning, hitting an oncoming vehicle or hitting a fixed object such as trees or fences.
VDOT said that more than half of U.S. traffic fatalities occur after a driver crosses the center line.
The Federal Highway Administration stated that two-thirds of these crashes happened in an area with rural roadways.
In an effort to mitigate road departure left crashed on the district’s two-line primary undivided roadways, centerline rumbles strips to be installed at 17 location in Lynchburg District, which include Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania, and Prince Edward counties.
The approximately $600,00 project is being funded through the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). In addition, there will be a $760,000 districtwide on-call rumble strip contract that will be funded through various programs including HSIP.
Work is expected to begin in May and has a fixed completion date of October 11, 2019.
During the installation, drivers should expect delays and possible lane closures.
Click here to view the centerline rumble strip site locations.