Thursday, May 10, 2007

Officials: Exit plan will take 5 years

For years, county officials have tried to pin down VDOT on a firm plan for Exit 150.
The Roanoke Times
By Jay Conley

DALEVILLE -- An interim plan to help solve congestion problems at Exit 150 on Interstate 81 in Daleville should be unveiled in about two years and implemented in about five, state highway officials said Wednesday.

"What we're looking for is a creative solution," said Rob Cary, the Virginia Department of Transportation's assistant district engineer for preliminary engineering.

Cary was among a group of state highway officials, Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer, Sen. Brandon Bell, R-Roanoke County, and Del. Lacey Putney, I-Bedford, who met with Botetourt County administration officials and the county's board of supervisors to hear their concerns about the ill effects of the congested exit on the county's prosperity.

"This is now becoming a roadblock to our efforts" at economic growth, said County Administrator Jerry Burgess. "The bottom line is, we have a real problem."

For years, county officials have tried to pin down VDOT on a firm plan and time line for addressing the exit....

...Such interim improvements could include adding another left turn lane to northbound U.S. 11 on to U.S. 220 North, adjusting signal times, restricting left turns from Exit 150A on to U.S. 11 North toward Troutville and eliminating the truck stop to alleviate truck congestion at the intersection.

That last measure alone could eliminate most of the truck traffic congestion, Valley District Supervisor Don Assaid argued.

"If you could eliminate the truck stop I don't think you'd have to relocate Route 11," he said. "It is an absolute nightmare if you have to deal with it every day."....

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