In Design: Route 522 and Route 208, Louisa County
Louisa County applied for funding through the SMART SCALE process to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Route 522 and Route 208 to improve safety and traffic flow.
A traffic signal is not warranted at the intersection. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) has nine warrants that state transportation agencies use when considering the most appropriate solution for an intersection and before installing a new signal. The intersection has been studied multiple times over the last several years and results have shown that the intersection does not meet the specified warrants and that a roundabout would be a safer alternative.
Construction is anticipated to begin in 2023.
Documents from the June 2019 citizen information meeting are available at the bottom of this page. (Click on the previous meetings link).
A roundabout has been chosen to improve the safety and efficiency of the intersection.
Roundabouts are safer than traffic signals and conventional stop-controlled intersections because traffic can continually and efficiently flow through the intersection and vehicle operating speeds are lower. Additionally, roundabouts help reduce air pollution and fuel use compared to a signalized intersection due to reduced idling and less acceleration and deceleration.
Citizen Information Meeting: June 10, 2019
Public comment ends: June 20, 2019
Public hearing: mid-2020;
Right of way acquisition: late 2021
Advertise project for construction bids: 2022
Other relevant links:
SMART SCALE Application (200 KB)
Phase: In Design
Lat/Long: 38.080200, -77.879424