Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Sept. 23, 2013
CHANGES COMING TO GILBERTS CORNER ROUNDABOUT
Meeting at Aldie Elementary on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.
GILBERTS CORNER — Changes are coming to the four-year-old roundabout at the intersection of Routes 50 and 15 where speeding has caused a high number of crashes, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
During October and November, VDOT will adjust curb lines, pavement markings and signs to provide a single lane on all approaches to the roundabout as opposed to the current two lanes along the Route 15 approaches. This will reduce excessive speeds and driver confusion in the roundabout.
In 2007, the year before construction of the roundabout began, there were 11 crashes at Gilberts Corner. By comparison, there were 36 crashes in 2010, 31 crashes in 2011, and 30 crashes in 2012. Most crashes were low-speed fender-benders, but there was an average of 5 injury crashes per year. Roundabouts typically have a safety advantage over signals, so it is unusual that this intersection had more crashes after the roundabout was installed.
“The roundabout has exceeded our expectations in how efficiently it keeps traffic moving but there has been a major downside,” said VDOT engineer Jim Zeller. “Some motorists are simply driving too fast which has led to many crashes.”
The adjustments will increase the amount of curvature in the roadways leading into the roundabout, making it more difficult for motorists to speed and simpler to navigate. Signs and pavement markings leading to the roundabout also will be updated. Work will be completed by Thanksgiving and cost $300,000.
A traffic study shows the roundabout can handle traffic patterns effectively with just a single lane in each direction, with only a slight delay during peak travel times.
VDOT is hosting a meeting for the public to see the plans on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Aldie Elementary School, 23269 Meetinghouse Lane, Aldie, VA 20105.
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