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East Main Street (Route 460) Improvements - Salem

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Ad Date: December 2017

Phase 1 Only



Kelly Dunn, LS, PE

What is being proposed?

The primary purpose of this project is to improve traffic flow and accessibility for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians who use the 0.5-mile section of East Main Street in Salem that begins at Route 311 and extends to Brand Ave. The traffic count for this segment of roadway is approximately 14,000 vehicles per day and is referred to as Phase 1.  

The current cost estimate of Phase 1 of the project is $15.2 million. Phase 1 of the project is fully funded using state and federal funds.

Phase 2 of the project extends from Brand Ave. to 0.044 miles east of Kessler Mill Road. Phase 2 portion of the project is unfunded at this time.

The project entails adding these improvements:
• Two-way left turn lanes
• A dedicated right turn lane from East Main Street onto Route 311 
(Thompson Memorial Drive)
• A new traffic signal at the Lynchburg Turnpike intersection
• A dedicated right turn lane from Lynchburg Turnpike onto East Main Street
• Curbing
• Five-foot bike lanes
• Decorative street lighting
• Sidewalks and landscaping
• Stormwater system improvement

Project Updates

A public hearing was held on the project on Oct. 9, 2014 at South Salem Elementary School.  

Phase 1 is currently funded. Phase 2 is not funded.

Phase 1 of the project could be advertised for construction bids as early as December 2017.

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