Ever gotten to the traffic light at the corner of Buckmarsh Street and Mosby Boulevard and wondered why it seems like the traffic light at the intersection seems to take forever to turn “green”?
If so, you’re not alone. But thanks to voter redistricting the answer is now clear.
When the County voting districts were redesigned last year, Supervisor Barbara Byrd’s district, Russell, picked up several homes in the north-central section of Berryville including parts of Mosby Boulevard. When Mrs. Byrd made her customary rounds to greet the citizens on her newly appointed district, several people mentioned that the automated traffic light at Buckmarsh & Mosby didn’t always seem to work properly when cars were waiting to turn onto Buckmarsh.
Voters also asked why a road sign at the corner prohibited a right turn on red.
One of the first things on Mrs. Byrd’s agenda after being re-elected was to find out what was causing the mini-gridlock on Mosby Boulevard. So she asked VDOT to look into the issue.
At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting she got her answer.
“VDOT attempted to obtain a traffic light pole easement on the east side of Buckmarsh Street but was unable to get agreement from the landowner” said Virginia Department of Transportation area manager Edwin Carter. “Because the light is supported from the west side of the street the trigger area for the light is farther back along Mosby.”
Carter said that cars often drive beyond the trigger area preventing the traffic light sensor from knowing that a car is waiting to turn.
Carter told the Supervisors that there were two solutions. VDOT can attempt to approach the landowner again about the easement or the Supervisors could foot the bill to have the lights adjusted to make the traffic sensor more effective.
Carter also shed light on the right hand turn on red question.
“The hill to the north on the light on Buckmarsh Street doesn’t allow the line of sight distances to allow a safe right-hand turn on red” Carter said. “If you want to allow a turn on red at that light it would mean major excavation along the road there.”
While no action was taken on the sensor problem at today’s meeting there appeared to be little interest in a major excavation of North Buckmarsh Street.
“That would cost quite a bit of money” Carter said.