ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) officials covering the Salem region are asking again for public input about a multi-county, multi-million dollar project involving Route 220.
Seven intersections between Martinsville and Roanoke will begin installation in late 2023 and will run through Roanoke, Franklin, and Henry counties.
These intersections will prevent drivers from crossing Route 220 from smaller streets, instead traffic dividers will guide drivers left or right.
This adjustment will create one less cycle on the signals at those intersections, which is expected to increase the amount of time the lights on Route 220 are green by approximately 20 percent; reduce stopping and other delays on Route 220; and decrease rear-end collisions.
VDOT held a meeting last week allowing neighbors and those curious to see their plan.
Many who commented last year when the plan was first presented were confused by some of the proposed changes.
Some common misconceptions were that light signals would be removed, but that is not the case.
Others were concerned about U-turn locations, but drivers who typically would drive straight across will be given the option to turn left or right at intersections. In addition, a safe space to make U-turns will be provided and, in some cases, shoulders will even be added.
The department says the project will involve the following seven intersections along Route 220:
- Southern Hills Drive/Valley Avenue in Roanoke/Roanoke County
- Pheasant Ridge Road/Crossbow Circle in Roanoke/Roanoke County
- Buck Mountain Road/Stable Road in Roanoke County
- Clearbrook Village Lane/Indian Grave Road in Roanoke County
- Wirtz Road in Franklin County
- Sontag Road/Cassell Drive in Franklin County
- Dyer Street in Henry County
Crosswalks will be added in some locations, which could fall in line with Roanoke County’s plan to install sidewalks in some of the areas, further down the line.
The cost of this project is approximately $16.1 million, but it is cheaper than widening Route 220. This project is being funded by state and federal transportation funds.
If you would like to provide input, please click here. You have until Saturday, May 1.