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VDOT officials meet with King George supervisors-again-about the State Route 206 project and promise another look at the need for a traffic light

Date published: 11/27/2012

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Elliott, Fredericksburg's district administrator, also showed the group the revised plans for the intersection. Engineers have redrawn the slope and length of the turn lanes to reduce the number of property owners affected. The first plan involved 24 parcels, the second includes only six. Likewise, VDOT has trimmed the number of parcels requiring easements, for road or utility work, from 25 to 15.

While VDOT was willing to scale back the length and breadth of the project and take another look at the need for a traffic signal, it wasn't willing to redesign the whole thing, Elliott said.

When LoBuglio asked if the department would look at putting a roundabout at the intersection, Elliott politely told him "no" in so many words.

He said it would cost another $500,000 for the design work, while roundabouts are beneficial in some situations, he doesn't believe the intersection on the road to Dahlgren is one of them.

"It's probably not the most ideal because there's not a balanced traffic flow," Elliott said.

Brabo asked VDOT officials to do their traffic count when school is in session. Its most recent count was done on June 27-28, when school was closed.

Elliott agreed, and at Brabo's request, said he'd leave a copy of VDOT plans at the county office. That way, Brabo said, other residents can look at the design changes to the intersection.

Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425
Email: cdyson@freelancestar.com


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