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Posted December 24, 2010 | comments 1 Comment

VDOT to extend Mosby Boulevard

By Alex Bridges - abridges@nvdaily.com

BERRYVILLE -- Clarke County residents can expect changes at a major intersection near the new high school by 2012.

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to extend Mosby Boulevard to Main Street (Business Va. 7) opposite Westwood Road, according to a news release issued this week. VDOT also would build a roundabout in the middle of the intersection of the three roads, approximately 60 feet from where Westwood Road currently meets Main Street, the release states. A pedestrian-bicycle path would extend along Mosby through the roundabout and to the existing network, according to VDOT.

VDOT estimates the project will cost $3.4 million.

Well before construction begins, VDOT plans to hear from residents about the proposed project. The agency will hold a design public hearing Jan. 12, from 4 to 8 p.m., in the Berryville/Clarke County Government Center, 101 Chalmers Court. In case of inclement weather, VDOT will hold the meeting a week later at the same time and location.

VDOT representatives and designers will be on hand at the hearing to answer questions and hear from residents as well as to take written comments. A court reporter will record oral comments. People may submit written comments for up to 10 days after the hearing to Michael Fulcher, Project Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation, 811 Commerce Road, Staunton, VA 24401-9029.

A traffic study showed an average of 1,200 vehicles traveled on Mosby Boulevard each day in 2009. VDOT estimates this number will rise to 1,800 by 2034, according to the release.

VDOT officials expect much of the construction to take place in the spring and summer of 2012 when school is out of session to minimize traffic impacts. Work would require traffic control and lane closure, the release notes.

1 Comment |

    What Clarke County and VDOT needs to also look at is the intersection of Business 7 and 7 bi-pass at the East end of town.
    It needs to be made much safer by building a ramp where traffic coming off of business 7 can merge onto 7 east.
    The morning rush hour traffic moves quite fast and the light doesn’t change very often so one is forced to turn right on red at that intersection causing great risk to all. Installing a merge ramp will increase safety and help keep traffic moving on rt7 since the light will only have to change for those turning Left (going west). 99% of the cars leaving town from that end are headed east. The State or the county wouldn’t have to purchase and to put this ramp in it should already be owned by the state since the old road use to go through that area.
    I believe the County doesn’t care much about this intersection since many that use it are headed out of the county on their commute to Northern Virginia. Not so many years ago it was like pulling teeth to even get a stop light put in at this location. I for one would like to see this intersection finally done right and made safe BEFORE someone looses their life. It seems this is the way it goes around the valley nothing gets fixed until people are hurt or killed i.e. The old dam in Front Royal & the low water bridge in Clark County.
    VDOT sais money is an issue but it wasn’t an issue when they decided to build a big new office on Alliance Drive in
    Fairfax. You should see the place, very nice with some fancy stuff.

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