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July 5, 2018

VDOT to remove 1 left-turn lane near Walmart

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On July 18, VDOT plans to eliminate one of the two left-turn lanes into Alwington Boulevard from northbound James Madison Highway (lower right in photo). VDOT also will install flashing yellow signals, permitting left turns when traffic openings occur in oncoming traffic.
James Madison Highway’s intersection with Alwington Boulevard in Warrenton — near Walmart and Home Depot — will undergo reconfiguration this month.

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to make the changes — designed “to improve traffic flow” — on Wednesday, July 18.
After the morning peak traffic period, a VDOT crew will remove pavement markings and restripe the northbound intersection approach on James Madison Highway (Routes 15/17/29).

The new configuration will reduce the dual left-turn lane configuration to one left-turn lane onto Alwington Boulevard. It will add a marked lane separator, known as a “gore area,” between the through lanes and the left-turn lane.
A single signal head for the left-turn lane that includes a flashing yellow left turn arrow will replace the current traffic signal heads, which limit left turns to a left-turn only phase.

VDOT will install a similar signal head above the southbound left-turn lane. The flashing yellow left turn arrow means that traffic approaching the signal may make the left turn, but only after yielding to any traffic approaching from the opposite direction.
Adjustments will also be made to the timing of the traffic signals at the intersection, according to VDOT.

“A traffic analysis and study have shown that installation of the flashing yellow arrow traffic signals, coupled with the signal timing adjustments, will reduce delays and improve operations through the day and during peak traffic periods,” VDOT said in a press release Thursday, July 5.
Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia website, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. VDOT updates are also on Facebook and the district’s Twitter account, @VaDOTCulp.
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Rover 530 · July 17, 2018 at 8:29 am
Let the confusion and crashes begin! VDOT: "Fix it 'til it's broke".
andclayton · July 15, 2018 at 10:51 am
All need to sit at Opal Rd and RT 29 intersection with new yellow arrow for left turn onto 29N. Due to the angle of the opposing roads(Opal Rd. and RT17) it is impossible to see cars coming at speed ( 45 at slowest) straight from 17 onto Opal road when the turn lane south toward Remington is stacked with more than 3 vehicles. I politely emailed VDOT and the guy explained the theory of the blinking yellow arrow. Not safe in all settings. Is there a bonus for the number of blinking yellow arrows approved? Seriously, nothing else makes sense.
BJ · July 15, 2018 at 7:52 am
Jim G. - haven't been to the new McDonald's drive-thru. What's the problem, do you have to drive backwards to get through it (smile)? That would be a pain.
BJ · July 15, 2018 at 7:48 am
One question. WHY? There are way worse intersections around town and in the county that need to be considered.
BikerFriendlyGal · July 10, 2018 at 8:49 am
BikerFriendlyGal · July 10, 2018 at 8:47 am
Always enjoy reading the comments from our local Facebook "traffic experts" who usually are completely oblivious of other projects that may benefit from this small and insignificant tweak. Shirley Falmouth Roundabout Final SET 20180626.pdf
Jim Griffin · July 10, 2018 at 7:11 am
Little anonymous coward is a crackpot without a sense of humor in the dog days of summer.
Jim Griffin · July 7, 2018 at 6:41 am
Could they instead fix the dysfunctional drive-thru at the new Warrenton McDonald's? <smile>
LindaW · July 5, 2018 at 11:11 pm
This doesn't seem safe, considering the speed at which many travel through this intersection. Lots of students/young drivers are coming in and out of LFCC and commuters are always in a hurry. Keeping traffic moving may not be a huge issue here but safety has been. It's not mentioned but I wonder if this change is part of the re-construction of the entire intersection, I thought it was supposed to begin this year.
Wellitsthetruth · July 5, 2018 at 10:00 pm
>Will the Board of Supervisors engage VDOT about this?

LOL! I'd rather the Board do something actually worth their time and our money than to fight VDOT over something so dumb
vhylt01 · July 5, 2018 at 7:44 pm
I agree with Rover 530. I have a REAL issue!! I live off Rt.29 in Suffield Meadows. Traffic crossing Rt. 29 is ridiculous. It has taken as long as 8 minutes waiting to cross safely. We have had a resident killed at that crossing and my car was hit! Traffic on Rt. 29 at this point Rt. 29/Suffield Lane/Baldwin NEEDS to slow down. We’re told there will be no light! VDOT wants us to turn right, drive about 1/4 mile, make Uturn to do north on 29! Fingers crossed and prayers said every time I must turn left into or out of my development!
Rover 530 · July 5, 2018 at 4:59 pm
What a waste of taxpayers' money. Never had a problem at this intersection. What "genius" at VDOT came up with this bonehead idea? Whoever it was, the person needs to be fired or reassigned. Will the Board of Supervisors engage VDOT about this?
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