County and Virginia Department of Transportation officials will discuss potential safety improvements for John Tyler Memorial Highway intersections at a community forum Thursday.
The meeting comes as the latest community gathering about safety concerns in the area of John Tyler Highway where the road intersects with Greensprings and Centerville roads. Supervisor Ruth Larson will host the forum, at which VDOT officials will discuss the findings of a safety study that was completed after the last public meeting held in January, according to a county news release.
“VDOT is going to present a couple of options of what they think will work there,” Larson said, adding the agency has developed several different options that might make the area safer. Larson represents the Berkeley District, where the stretch of road is located.
One possibility on the table would be realignment of the roads to create a clean four-way intersection. Greensprings and Centerville roads intersect John Tyler Highway in close proximity. Previously, officials have discussed a roundabout as another possible solution to the area’s traffic woes.
The forum will be held 6 p.m. Thursday at Building F at the County Government Center, the release states.
From 2015 to 2018, there were 16 car crashes at John Tyler Highway’s intersection with Centerville Road. During that same period, there were five car crashes at the John Tyler Highway and Greensprings Road intersection. Six of the crashes resulted in injuries. There were no fatalities, according to an online Department of Motor Vehicles database.
There was a daily average of 4,900 vehicles on Centerville Road between Jolly Pond Road and John Tyler Highway in 2018. There were 3,000 vehicles that drove Greensprings Road on average every day from John Tyler Highway to 4-H Club Road last year, according to VDOT data.
In addition to presenting possible solutions, officials want to gather feedback from residents on the road improvement options.
“I really want people to come out and give their input,” Larson said.
Want to go?
When: 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11.
Where: County Government Center, Building F, 101 Mounts Bay Road.
For more information, call county administration at 757-253-6602.
Jack Jacobs, 757-298-6007, email@example.com, @jajacobs_