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How does VDOT choose which intersections get traffic signals? And, does a new bill mean Big Brother wants to track where we drive?
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By Scott Shenk
For six years or more, residents of Virginia Heritage at Lee's Parke have requested installation of
VDOT maintains that the volume of traffic on Spotsylvania Parkway does not justify a signal at that dangerous intersection in Lee's Parke.
How, then, has VDOT determined that the volume of traffic justifies a signal on the parkway in Cosner's Corner?
--Lawrence Rizzi, Spotsylvania
When VDOT looks into installing a traffic light, engineers consider nine factors, ranging from traffic volume throughout the day, crashes and pedestrian use, spokeswoman Kelly Hannon said. All states follow these guidelines.
The Cosner's Corner intersection, which is a "major commercial cross street," got a signal basically because of frequent crashes, Hannon said.
In 2011, VDOT studied the Lee's Parke intersection--at Balls Bluff Road/Whiteheart Drive and Spotsylvania Parkway--and installed flashing warning signs. But the intersection so far hasn't met any of the nine factors needed for a signal, Hannon explained.
Nevertheless, VDOT is studying the intersection again to see if a signal is warranted, and the results should be ready in a few weeks.
In the meantime, Hannon suggests that anyone uncomfortable making a left from Balls Bluff Road could turn right and make a U-turn in the nearby left-turn lane in the median.
Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436