ITFederal to bring more traffic to town

FRONT ROYAL – The town can expect to pay for road improvements to handle extra traffic from ITFederal and neighbors at the former Avtex Fibers.

The Front Royal Planning Commission recently reviewed the West Main Street Extended Traffic Study and the West Main Street Extended Royal Phoenix Development Master Plan. Pennoni prepared the study and the master plan on behalf of the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority. The EDA is spearheading the extension project.

The West Main Street Extended Traffic Study looked at the adequacy of existing and proposed roads and related facilities through 2030. The study looked at traffic patterns created by regional growth, the build-out of the former Avtex site, also known as Royal Phoenix, and the proposed extension of West Main Street from Kerfoot Avenue to Kendrick Lane.

The design of the West Main Street extension includes three lanes and left-turn lanes at intersections for the Royal Phoenix entrances. An analysis shows the design would adequately support the forecast traffic.

However, the study indicates that the town would need to improve certain intersections outside the Royal Phoenix development to mitigate traffic delays and backups. The town would need to install additional northbound and southbound lanes on North Shenandoah Avenue through the intersection at West 14th Street. The town would need to modify lane use on the eastbound and westbound

The study also recommends that the town adjust the timing of the traffic signal at the intersection of South Royal Avenue/Stonewall Jackson Highway and East/West Criser Road.

The town also should consider constructing a single-lane roundabout at Kendrick Lane at North Shenandoah Lane with by-pass lanes for eastbound, westbound and southbound traffic.

Town officials have expressed concern for the safety and comfort of residents living on Kerfoot Avenue and the existing West Main Street affected by an increase in commercial traffic related to the Royal Phoenix development. The study recommends that the town install traffic-calming measures such as pavement markings and narrow travel lanes as well as raised crosswalks. The town also could restrict through truck traffic on the roads in question, the study suggests.

The Royal Phoenix Development Master Plan lays out the six lots in the former Avtex Fibers site. ITFederal plans to develop Lot 6 that covers roughly 30 acres. Other lots range in size from 11 acres to 36 acres. The master plan identifies numerous buildings labeled for use as office or retail space and for research and development. The entire Royal Phoenix site covers 147.38 acres.