The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Traffic Engineering Division takes aim at protecting Corridors of Statewide Significance (CoSS). The Arterial Preservation Program is intended to preserve long-distance function of highways, serving as a community and statewide interstate connection for commerce. Achieving higher speeds would come at the cost of reducing and/or eliminating signals and crossovers that currently provide access to businesses along each corridor.
In the New River Valley, examining new concepts for mobility preservation along US Route 460 could likely be the focus area. VDOT’s Arterial Preservation Program concept was pitched to the Commonwealth Transportation Board in May 2017. The initiative would require the Road Design Manual to incorporate new intersection/interchange design guidance. In addition, policies on traffic signal and crossover locations will need revisited.
While the concept is still relatively new, the idea of improved travel conditions would likely be supported. The CTB presentation is available online at: http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/resources/2017/may/pres/2_arterial_preservation.pdf.
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