VDOT to hold public hearing on proposed safety improvements at Centerville and News roads

Tjefferson@vagazette.com

VDOT will hold a design public hearing on Nov. 16 to present proposed plans for constructing turn lanes and installing a traffic signal at the intersection of Centerville and News roads.

Earlier in the year, VDOT planned to build a roundabout that would have affected four homeowners at the intersection. It would have been in the front yard of John and Diane Thompson, a couple who has lived on the land for 53 years.

VDOT started to reconsider the roundabout after an article published in the Virginia Gazette in January drew attention to the project.

The proposed roundabout was VDOT's answer to a public safety question posed by recurring car accidents at the intersection. In 2014 and 2015, 11 nonfatal car accidents occurred at the intersection, James City County Police Department spokeswoman Stephanie Williams said.

The new proposal includes:

•One left turn lane southbound from Centerville Road onto News Road.

•One right turn lane northbound from Centerville Road onto News Road.

•One right turn lane westbound from News Road onto Centerville Road.

•New traffic signal to address existing and future capacity issues.

•A mountable curb on right turn lanes and left turn lane widening in order to reduce property impacts.

Citizens can provide oral and written comments at the hearing or submit them by Nov. 26 to Mr. Wali Zaman, P.E., Virginia Department of Transportation, 1700 North Main Street, Suffolk, Virginia 23434 or via email to Wali.Zaman@VDOT.Virginia.gov. Reference "Centerville Road at News Road Public Hearing Comment" in the subject line.

Jefferson can be reached by phone at 757-790-9313.

Want to go?

When: Wednesday, November 16, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Matoaka Elementary School

4001 Brick Bat Road

Williamsburg, VA 23188

For more information on this project, visit:

http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/centerville_road_intersection.asp

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