A Virginia Department of Transportation project at the intersection of U.S. 58 and Carver Road aims to increase the sight lines at the intersection, according to VDOT Resident Engineer Lisa Hughes.
A Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) project at the intersection of U.S. 58 and Carver Road plans to make the intersection safer, according to VDOT Resident Engineer Lisa Hughes.
The project already has begun, Hughes
said, and is scheduled to be completed in early November.
APAC Atlantic of Greensboro, N.C., is the contractor on the project, which has a budget of $2,516,269.
A large portion of that comes from VDOTâ€™s Highway Safety Improvement Program, Hughes
The project will raise the grade of the westbound lane of U.S. 58, Hughes
said, to improve sight lines at the intersection.
The project will span approximately three-tenths of a mile.
â€œFirst weâ€™ll be widening the shoulder of the eastbound lane, and weâ€™ll just have one lane closed in each direction while weâ€™re doing that,â€ Hughes said.
said, a stretch of the westbound lanes will be shut down completely in order to raise its grade, and both eastbound and westbound traffic will pass through the eastbound lanes.
There have been a number of accidents at the intersection, Hughes
said, including at least one fatality.
said the majority of the multiple-vehicle accidents at the intersection are angled â€" or â€œT-boneâ€ accidents â€" which can be quite severe.
â€œWe looked at several options,â€ she
said. â€œA lot of people have asked us to put a signal up there.
We did do a signal study, and it met some of the (metrics) that we use to determine if an intersection is a good fit for a signal, but we still have that sight distance issue.â€
Because of the poor sight lines leading up to the intersection in the westbound lanes, Hughes
said, there was some concern that installing a signal light could cause rear-end collisions.
said, raising the grade to eliminate visibility problems was the best option.
In addition to crash histories, public input plays a role in helping VDOT
determine where to undertake safety projects, Hughes
â€œIt helps us identify hazardous locations,â€ she
said. â€œWe were aware of the accident history here at Carver Road, certainly, but the public input does help you understand that (the project) is important to the community.â€