AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia Department of Transportation shared its plan to make the intersection of Route 262 (Woodrow Wilson Parkway) and Route 613 (Spring Hill Road) safer.

At a citizen information meeting Thursday at the Augusta County Government Center, VDOT proposed a Restricted Crossing U-Turn (RCUT) for the intersection.

With an RCUT, traffic on Spring Hill Road and Shutterlee Mill Road wouldn't be able to cross the 262 bypass or turn left. Drivers would instead turn right and make a U-turn a little bit farther down the road.

VDOT says it would provide the same, if not more, safety benefits than a grade-separated interchange at a much lower cost.

"These have been built in many states around the country,” said Matt Shiley, the VDOT regional operations director. “And they're seeing some really big safety benefits as much as 62, even 80 percent reduction in crashes because of this treatment."

According to VDOT, the proposal was met with mixed reviews but it's still in the early stages. People can provide feedback until November 18 and look for a public hearing in the future.

Comments can be submitted in writing to:

Jamison Strasser, P.E.
Project Manager
Virginia Department of Transportation
811 Commerce Road
Staunton, VA 24401-9029
Comments may also be emailed to: jamison.strasser@VDOT.Virginia.Gov. Please include "Route 262 RCUT Comment" in the subject line.