Jason Bond 540-387-5493
May 6, 2009
TRAFFIC ALERT: BRIDGE DETOUR TRAFFIC PATTERN CHANGES AT ROUTE 609 AND ROUTE 682 INTERSECTION IN FIELDALE
Weather permitting, on Tuesday, May 12, a new traffic pattern will go into place in Fieldale due to work on the Route 701 bridge over the Smith River. Traffic has been detoured around the closed bridge between Route 701 and Route 57 since early April. The bridge is closed, so it can be replaced.
To improve traffic flow and reduce congestion, the traffic pattern on the detour route at the intersection of Route 609 (South Daniels Creek Road) and Route 682 (River Road) will be changed. Traffic on Route 609 will no longer be required to stop at its intersection with Route 682. Instead, new stop signs will be installed requiring Route 682 traffic to stop at this intersection.
The change at this intersection should keep the heavier volume of traffic on Route 609 moving and eliminate back-ups at the railroad crossing and onto Route 57.
“VDOT considered installing a temporary signal at this intersection, but a signal would not have eliminated traffic from backing up into the railroad crossing. We think keeping Route 609 traffic flowing is a better solution,” says Lisa Hughes, P.E., the Virginia Department of Transportation’s administrator for the Martinsville Residency Office.
Electronic message boards will be in place to alert drivers to this change. Signs also will be installed on Route 609 and Route 682 to draw attention to the new traffic pattern.
Motorists will need to be aware of this change in traffic pattern and use caution.
The traffic change may have to be rescheduled if rain prevents new pavement markings from being installed.
Questions about the bridge replacement can be directed to the VDOT’s Martinsville Residency Office at 276-629-2581.
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