With the recent announcement that funding is now available to complete the extension of Mosby Boulevard from its current terminus to a new traffic circle intersection on West Main Street, Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) preliminary traffic flow plans for the traffic flow construction period have some people scratching their head.
“I don’t know how a tractor trailer will be able to make that turn without going into the other lane” said Clarke County High School construction manager Mike Castelli referring to a proposed sharp southerly turn radius from West Main Street onto Westwood Road detailed in VDOT’s “Phase III” design document.
Castelli’s concern stems, in part, from the requirement for large construction vehicles to have access to the new high school construction site over the coming months. The traffic circle area is also a focal point for school bus traffic.
“I don’t think that the design meets VDOT standards” Castelli told the school board on Monday evening.
The traffic circle plans were provided to the public at Monday night’s school board special construction meeting. Although the traffic circle plans were released by VDOT, the documents are marked as “unfinished and unapproved”. It was not clear to school board members what additional steps VDOT plans, if any, for refining the diagrams.
Specific dates for the traffic circle construction period have not yet been released.