People in Crozet Weigh in on Proposed Roundabout at Busy Intersection
CROZET, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia Department of Transportation is working to make a heavily traveled intersection in western Albemarle County safer.
VDOT plans to replace the Y-shaped intersection of routes 240, 250, and 680 with a roundabout.
It hopes a roundabout would help improve safety and efficiency at that intersection, which is traveled by thousands of drivers each day.
Some people in Crozet are excited about the idea.
“I think it's a dangerous intersection,” Brenda Lipscomb, who lives in Crozet, said.
Lipscomb says change is needed at the current intersection of routes 240, 250 and 680.
“When you are coming from Crozet and you go to pull out to 250, it’s really hard to see around that curve and you have to really be careful,” Lipscomb said.
Lipscomb says the intersection can be confusing, and oftentimes drivers fly through it. She's even witnessed a crash there.
“The lady was coming from east and she started around the curve there, and her car flipped over,” Lipscomb said.
VDOT is proposing a new traffic pattern to help make that intersection, which sees close to 17,000 drivers daily, safer.
“We’re seeing more and more crashes and near-misses there, and we are proposing to replace that stop sign-controlled intersection with a roundabout,” Lou Hatter, VDOT’s spokesman, said.
Vann Knighting lives in Staunton but commutes to Crozet for work. He believes that roundabout, which is projected to cost about $3.5 million, would be a wise investment.
“There’s quite a few of them around the state now, and they seem to work pretty well,” Knighting said. “I really like the ones that I have to use; they seem to really make the traffic flow very well.”
Brenda Lipscomb recalls roundabouts first coming to Old Trail.
“I had never really lived anywhere where I had a roundabout, so I questioned how it was gonna work,” Lipscomb said. “But it seems to be working fine and it definitely has slowed traffic.”
She hopes this new project will have a similar effect.
“People would have to slow down to go around the roundabout, and I think it’s safer than what’s there now,” Lipscomb said.
If you'd like to share your opinions about this project with VDOT, there will be a public hearing on Tuesday, June 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Field School of Charlottesville in Crozet.
If you can't make it to that meeting, you can still provide feedback here until June 21.
Ultimately, the Virginia Department of Transportation hopes to break ground on this project next year and complete it by the end of 2021.