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June 21, 2017

State allocates additional $5.4 million for Broadview

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The $8-million project will include a series of medians, reconfigured turn lanes, pedestrian crossings and improvements to the Route 211 intersection.
File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
About 33,000 vehicles a day travel Broadview Avenue, built in the 1950s as Warrenton’s two-lane bypass.
The project area runs from the Route 211 intersection north to Robeling Street.
We’ve been working on this for almost five years, and it’s nice that we are getting closer to doing something to making Broadview Avenue safer.
— Town Councilman Bob Kravetz
Broadview Ave. Project
• Concept includes: 10 short medians from Route 211 to Roebling Street, 3 pedestrian crosswalks, 6-foot-wide shoulder or bike lane on each side, replacement of parallel turn lanes in middle with alternating turn lanes and improvements to Route 211 intersection.

• Why: To improve safety and traffic flow.

• Where: About 1 mile between Route 211 and Robeling Street (at McDonald’s).

• Estimated cost: $8 million.

• More information: Click here

• Funding: State has allocated $7 million; Town of Warrenton would pay the balance.

• Next: Final design could begin in fiscal 2018, which starts July 1. Right-of-way acquisition could begin in fiscal 2021. Construction could start in fiscal 2022.
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Construction of long-planned safety improvements on Warrenton’s Broadview Avenue could begin as soon as July 2021.

The Commonwealth Transportation Board in Richmond on Tuesday approved another $5.4 million for the projects. The state already had allocated about $1.6 million.

The projects — a series of medians, pedestrian crossings and intersection improvements — will cost an estimated $8 million. The Town of Warrenton will spend about $1 million to complete funding for work along a one-mile stretch of roadway.

“I’m delighted,” said Town Councilman Bob Kravetz (Ward 4), who chairs the Public Safety and Transportation Committee. “We’ve been working on this for almost five years, and it’s nice that we are getting closer to doing something to making Broadview Avenue safer.”

For decades, town and state officials have discussed potential improvements to address safety on the wide swath of pavement, lined with fast-food restaurants, convenience stores and other businesses.

On a typical day, about 33,000 vehicles travel Broadview, built in the 1950s as Warrenton’s two-lane bypass.

Traffic had grown so congested by the early 1980s that VDOT constructed the Eastern Bypass around town. Otherwise, vehicles travelling between Interstate 81 to the west and I-95 to the east would continue to clog Broadview.

Still, during the afternoon and evening rush, southbound vehicles routinely back up as they wait to turn west on Route 211.

The busy road has six, unseparated lanes — two for traffic in each direction and two in the middle for left turns. But, Broadview lacks marked crossings for pedestrians, other than those at the Waterloo (Route 211) and Winchester street intersections.

Consultants in 2008 recommended a 32-foot-wide median down the center of Broadview, coupled with the closing of as many as 30 “curb cuts” at businesses.

That plan drew intense opposition from commercial property owners. After another study — with significant property owner involvement — the town council in December 2012 unanimously approved a concept that will serve as the basis for the planned improvements:

• Installation of 10 short medians from Route 211 to Roebling Street.

• Three pedestrian crosswalks.

• A 6-foot-wide shoulder or bike lane on each side.

• Replacement of the parallel turn lanes in the middle of Broadview with alternating turn lanes.

• Route 211 intersection improvements, including a longer turn lane for southbound traffic turning west.

But, after the council’s decision at the end of 2012, funding for the improvements remained uncertain. The town had failed to qualify for more state funds in a competitive process. With VDOT’s help, town officials divided the Broadview project into segments that boosted “Smart Scale” scoring for safety improvements.

Years of work paid off for the town Tuesday afternoon, when the Commonwealth Transportation Board allocated the additional funds:

• $2.59 million for Broadview Avenue improvements.

• $2.8 million for the Route 211 intersection work.

VDOT plans to start final design of the improvements in fiscal 2018, which begins July 1. Right-of-way acquisition would start in fiscal 2021.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Warrenton Public Works Director Edward “Bo” Tucker said. “That’s good news. This project has been at least five years concretely in the making.”

Before construction — slated to start in four years, VDOT will conduct a public hearing on the project’s design.
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Capt C · June 28, 2017 at 6:59 am
BJ you hit the Bulls Eye. We can thank Fitch for this smh
BikerFriendlyGal · June 26, 2017 at 1:20 pm
"Over it'...No
It's over....Yes
RMd. · June 22, 2017 at 5:49 pm
What an unneccessary waste of resources.
BJ · June 22, 2017 at 10:53 am
Put an Western bypass through Timber Fence Parkway. That is what it was designed for. Time for the people in Gold and Silver Cup to get over it, the people living on Oak Springs got the Eastern bypass and they survived.
Wellitsthetruth · June 21, 2017 at 4:01 pm
What a cluster(....) thats gonna be
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