In Design: Roundabout at U.S. 33 and Route 20
Virtual Design Public Hearing
VDOT held a design public hearing as a virtual/online event on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. VDOT representatives made a presentation beginning at 5 p.m. and were present to answer questions afterward. The presentation is available for review; to access the meeting and review meeting materials, click on the button below:
VDOT proposes to reconstruct the eastern intersection of U.S. 33 (Spotswood Trail) and Route 20 (Constitution Highway) as a roundabout. The current "T" intersection is controlled by a stop sign for traffic turning from Route 20 onto U.S. 33.
The project will reconstruct the eastern intersection of U.S. 33 and Route 20 as a single-lane roundabout and will connect the gas station entrance directly to the intersection. Sidewalk is proposed along the west side of Route 20 and along the north side of U.S. 33, with a crosswalk on the western leg of the roundabout, crossing U.S. 33.
According to traffic crash data from 2012 to 2016, there were 12 crashes within this intersection area. Six of these crashes resulted in injury to nine individuals; one crash resulted in a fatality. The prevailing collision types at this intersection are angle crashes (58%) and rear end crashes (42%).
Some of these crashes, including the fatality, were associated with the intersection with Route 738 (Old Barboursville Road) immediately east of the primary intersection.
A roundabout design is recommended for this intersection because roundabouts are demonstrated to be safer than other forms of at-grade intersections, especially for targeting fatal and injury crashes, as well as angle crashes. An overall reduction in crashes of 80 percent can be expected.
Trieu Nguyen, P.E.
Other relevant links:
Public hearing brochure, (960 KB)
Public hearing comment sheet, (190 KB)
Aerial view of proposed project, (10.4 MB)
Preliminary engineering plan set, (9.2 MB)
Typical sections of proposed roundabout, (131 KB)
National Environmental Policy Act Programmatic Categorical Exclusion finding, (26 KB)
Public hearing advertisement, (162 KB)
Federal Highway Administration roundabout information, (619 KB)
Major funding source: SMART SCALE round 3 (FY2020)
Phase: In Design
State ID: 0033-068-626, P101, R201, C501
Lat/Long: 38.17124415289397, -78.27922654507186