Recently Completed: North Main Street at Route 460 - Blacksburg
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Presentation to Blacksburg Town Council
March 21, 2017 (Reformatted 2017)
The primary purpose of the project is to enhance safety by constructing a restricted crossing U-turn (R-CUT) along Route 460 at the intersection of North Main Street and Farmingdale Lane. The new design should improve safety by eliminating left turns, the primary turning movement where crashes have occurred at this intersection.
The improvements include the following:
- Restricting left turns from North Main Street onto eastbound Route 460
- Restricting left turn movements from Farmingdale Lane onto westbound Route 460
- Reconfiguring the right turn from North Main onto westbound Route 460 to provide better sight distance and an extended merge lane
- Constructing a new crossover east of North Main Street to allow U-turns for passenger vehicles
- Enhancing the existing crossover at Fortress Drive
- Improving the right turn lane from westbound Route 460 onto North Main Street
The connection of Bishop Road to Route 460 will be closed as part of this project.
As of 2016, approximately 15,700 on Route 460 pass through this intersection which is projected to increase to 18,700 by the year 2040.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How will traffic be affected during construction?
Drivers can expect lane closures on Route 460 and North Main Street and that some turning movements will be restricted at times. The connection of Bishop Road to Route 460 may be closed as part of this project. VDOT will make every effort to schedule the majority of lane closures during off peak travel times and/or during the summer months when school is out of session.
How did the flashing beacons that were installed on Route 460 impact safety at this intersection?
The flashers were activated in December 2014 and initial reporting indicates crashes have decreased and have been less severe. Despite this improvement, the crash and injury rates for the intersection remain higher than the statewide averages for similar roadways. Additionally, mitigations from signs tend to diminish over time as drivers become more accustomed to them.
Will trucks wanting to go eastbound on Route 460 be routed through Brush Mountain Estates in order to get turned around?
Trucks on North Main Street wanting to get on eastbound Route 460 towards Christiansburg can take alternative routes through the Town of Blacksburg to access the existing Tom’s Creek interchange. Although there is currently nothing in place restricting trucks from using Brush Mountain Estates to get turned around, this will not be signed as an alternative route, and the majority of these vehicles are expected to access Route 460 through the Tom’s Creek interchange.
The purpose of the project is to enhance safety by constructing a restricted crossing U-turn (R-CUT) along Route 460 at the intersection of North Main Street and Farmingdale Lane.
The majority of crashes at the intersection are left turn crashes. The R-CUT improves safety at the intersection by:
- Reducing conflict points from 40 to 16 at the intersection
- Shortening the left turn crossing distance for turns from Route 460 onto North Main Street
- Redirecting left turns and through movements from North Main and Farmingdale Lane to make right turns and U-turns
- Providing a left turn lane for left turns from Route 460 onto Farmingdale Lane.