Study on Possible Intersection Changes to Begin

   Written by on January 26, 2017 at 12:34 pm

By Crystal Vandegrift, Staff Writer

FARMVILLE – A study will begin soon to determine if a roundabout or other street improvements would be good for the intersection of High and Oak Streets and Griffin Blvd.

During their regular town council meeting, members approved to enter a contract with the engineering firm of McCormick Taylor.

The study is proposed to cost $44,000 with half of the payment coming from the Town and the other from Longwood University.

“It’s very gracious of Longwood to agree to pay for half of the study,” said Farmville Mayor David Whitus.

Longwood’s Chief of Staff Justin Pope was in attendance at the town council meeting and said, “We’re looking forward to working with you, and we appreciate the opportunity.”

According to Longwood officials, the roundabout is part of the university’s Master Plan.

According to the proposal to the town, the intersection study will include:

• Count existing pedestrian, bike and vehicular traffic at the intersection of High St., Griffin Blvd. and Oak St. for 12 hours each day during two consecutive weekdays

• Analyze and compare a traditional realigned signalized intersection at this location with a roundabout

• Prepare and conduct a Community Meeting to present the results, collect and respond to comments obtained at the meeting and document all public input

• Application for grant submittal to VDOT by the end of September 2017

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