WOODSTOCK - Woodstock officials now have a priority list of street improvements along Route 42 as they prepare several applications to apply for the Virginia Department of Transportation fiscal year 2021 Smart Scale funding.
Lemuel Hancock, urban designer and neighborhood planner, recently presented to street committee members a preliminary list of various Route 42 improvement projects they hope to get funding for. The committee members considered and agreed with the list.
Street committee members agreed that the first priority is improvements at the intersection of Ox Road and Route 42 at an estimated cost of $6.5 million.
The improvements would be a roundabout with two eastbound lanes to accommodate heavy vehicles, medians, and new sidewalks to complete gaps in the bike-pedestrian network.
Woodstock and VDOT are in talks to coordinate traffic signals along Route 42 in the next year. This will most likely improve the highly travelled road as a short term, low-cost solution, said town manager Angela Clem.
Hancock said the town might want to make an application on the Ox Road intersection improvements after the signal coordination to see what results may occur as a result.
There were 42 crashes along that intersection from 2014 to 2018, according to the list.
Prioritized second on the list are improvements at the Susan Avenue intersection at Route 42
There were 13 crashes at the intersection from 2014 through 2018, according to the list.
Improvements to that section could include new medians to provide crossing in two stages, and new sidewalks or shared-use path to again help complete gaps in the bike-pedestrian network, Clem said.
These improvements for that intersection have an estimated cost of $3.5 million.
It is possible the town might include on this application improvements at the Main Street and Route 42 intersection, adding another $1.1 million for a total application request of $4.6 million.
Prioritized for a third application is the Henry Ford Drive access improvements for an estimated cost of $2.2 million. Improvements could include enhancements to the pedestrian crossing, proposed medians, and removing the second westbound through lane, Clem said.