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October 12, 2017

Intersection changes will limit turns onto Broadview

Lidl proposes barriers that would allow only left turns from Broadview Avenue onto Roebling Street. The plan would prohibit crossing Broadview from the side street.
Ninety-five percent of accidents are from crossing movements.
— Town Manager Brannon Godfrey
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Lidl would pull its application to build a Warrenton grocery store if a median crossing gets closed as part of the planned Broadview Avenue project.

Company representatives last month expressed concern about a preliminary plan that calls for a solid median at Roebling Street, which would provide access to the grocery store.

“As the staff and VDOT have been made aware, if the median at Roebling/Old Broadview is completely closed, Lidl will be compelled to abandon this application,” Jessica Pfeiffer, a planning consultant for the company, wrote in a Sept. 5 letter to town officials.

“Access to its stores is a matter of international concern for its management, and the complete elimination of access by elimination of the turning movements at Roebling that Lidl has proposed at that location is too great a limitation,” Ms. Pfeiffer wrote.

The German grocery giant wants to build a 36,000-square-foot store at 394 Broadview Ave., next to McMahon’s Irish Pub and Restaurant. The store would replace the Cheswick Motel.

The store would increase Broadview traffic — which averages 33,000 vehicles a day — by about 10 percent, according to the grocer’s traffic study.

Preliminary designs for Broadview Avenue improvements from 2012 show a closed median at Roebling Street.

Although the design for Broadview Avenue remains unfinished, Lidl representatives suggest reconfiguring the Roebling Street intersection instead of closing the median completely.

The grocer’s representatives suggest and offer to pay for barriers that would allow left turns through the median from the north and south. But, vehicles coming from the side street would not be allowed to go straight across Broadview.

Motorists entering Broadview from Roebling from either side would be limited to right turns.

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VDOT, town officials and Lidl will continue to evaluate the proposal.

“Based on discussions, we have reason to believe that both the Town and the Commonwealth believe that a properly designed median facility will work appropriately,” Ms. Pfeiffer wrote.

Virginia Department of Transportation engineers continue to evaluate traffic flow in the area, including Lidl’s proposal for the intersection.

“We want to work with them where we can, but also want to make sure the intersection is safe,” VDOT Project Manager David Cubbage said.

To temporarily improve the intersection’s safety and test the proposal, the town Public Safety Committee last week agreed to install signs and pavement markings.

“It’s a scary spot,” said Councilman Bob Kravetz (Ward 4), who has seen drivers cross four lanes (of Broadview) to get to McDonald’s.

“Ninety-five percent of accidents are from crossing movements,” Town Manager Brannon Godfrey said.

The new traffic pattern will mirror Lidl’s proposal — with the cones or barriers.

The town planning commission will discuss Lidl’s application for rezoning and a comprehensive plan amendment during a work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Town Hall.

VDOT expects to conduct a public hearing on the $8-million Broadview Avenue project in early 2019. The agency plans a new median from Route 211 to Roebling St. It would restrict left turns across the commercial strip, which includes two lanes of traffic in each direction and two turning lanes in the middle of the road.

Lidl Resubmission September 2017 by Fauquier Now on Scribd

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BJ · October 15, 2017 at 3:17 pm
Foster's Grille - It's going to be a change that we can get used to, especially us long time residents, and the new people will think it's normal. It's a change, not the end of world, unlike someone getting killed or seriously injured on that road (which has already happened multiple times). We will still come to Foster's for the best burger around, even if left turns will be not allowed, we will learn to make the change. Same with all the other businesses on that street.
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