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VDOT Dahlgren Road study could add two traffic lights

The King George Board of Supervisors received a report on a study conducted along Dahlgren Road (Route 206). Results of the study indicate that two intersections have met warrants for construction of traffic lights.

The presentation was provided at last week’s meeting on Jan. 23 from David Brown, Residency Administrator for the Fredericksburg District for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), with assistance from Peter Hedrich, area traffic engineer also with the Fredericksburg District Residency.

The report detailed information on the study that was conducted in December 2013 on Dahlgren Road. Brown also provided a clarification about where traffic lights could be installed.

Brown noted that Route 206 is a nine-mile stretch of two-lane road between Route 3 and U.S. 301, classified as a Rural Minor Arterial. He said it serves as a primary travel route for drivers headed to and from the Dahlgren Naval Base.

Route 206 is intersected by Route 218 at two different points. In addition, there are a lot of residences along the road, and several local businesses.

Brown clarified that the Route 206 and Route 218 intersection which is slated to get a traffic light is at the intersection known as Berthaville, near St. Paul’s Road.

He also noted that the intersection with Route 206, Route 218 and Route 624 converging at Owens continues to not meet VDOT’s criteria for a traffic light. That intersection is slated for other improvements outlined below.

But another intersection warranted for either a traffic light or a roundabout is the one on Dahlgren Road with Route 610 (Indiantown Road).

ROUTE 206 CORRIDOR
Brown said the study included looking at traffic volumes, accident history, sight distances and pavement markings.

Five segments were evaluated including the following:
US 301 to Routes 218 (Windsor Drive)/624 (Owens Drive)
Routes 218/624 to Route 218 (Caledon Road)
Route 218 (Caledon Road) to north of Pepper Mill Creek bridge
South of Pepper Mill Creek bridge to Route 644 (Potts Lane)
Route 644 (Potts Lane) to Route 3

Along the corridor, three of the intersections were evaluated again for traffic signal warrants. Those include the following:
• Route 218 (Windsor Road)/ Route 624 (Owens Road) – Still no traffic light warranted. A project for intersection improvements is planned to enhance safety and traffic flow by construction of turn lanes on Route 206 for traffic turning onto Route 218 and Route 624. The construction project was advertised for bid last September, and is expected to be completed by the end of December 2014, estimated to cost $3.6 million.

• Route 218 (Caledon Road)/ Route 632 (St. Paul’s Road) – This Berthaville intersection is slated to have a traffic signal project programmed for funding during fiscal year 2014-15 as an interim measure through 2028, with turn lanes to likely be added in the future.

• Route 610 (Indiantown Road) – This intersection has met enough warrants for some traffic volumes and was approved for a traffic signal along with left turn lanes to also be constructed on Route 206, as part of the project. Brown said the project is programmed for 2015-16. Instead of a traffic signal and turn lanes, Brown also said a roundabout could instead be constructed. Supervisors want more information regarding impact on surrounding landowners, including Dutch’s Mart, before they provide a final board preference for either a light or a roundabout.

OTHER ENHANCEMENTS
The VDOT review provided assessments and recommendations concerning paving shoulder areas, pavement markings, enhancing sight distances and various intersection improvements.  
The five segments were prioritized for shoulder improvements in the following order:  
1) Route 218 (Caledon Road) to north of Pepper Mill Creek bridge
2) Routes 218/624 to Route 218 (Caledon Road)
3) South of Pepper Mill Creek bridge to Route 644 (Potts Lane)
4) US 301 to Routes 218 (Windsor Drive)/624 (Owens Drive)
5) Route 644 (Potts Lane) to Route 3

Providing some shoulder area in the limited spaces available still provides some maneuvering space for recovery, should a vehicle go off the road. It is hoped that even a small width of shoulder area where available, may minimize departure crashes, rear-end crashes, head-on crashes and sideswipes.

Phyllis Cook

 

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