VDOT hears public comment before final design of Route 460 construction

BLACKSBURG, Va.- – Earlier this year, the Blacksburg Town Council approved a proposal by the Virginia Department of Transportation for changes at the Route 460 at North Main Street intersection.

They came up with an R-Cut design that would take away dangerous left turns.

Several residents were against the option. But Thursday night, VDOT officials held an open house so residents could give their suggestions before the design is finalized.

Multiple display boards are giving residents another look at the proposed design plans along Route 460 at the intersection of North Main Street and Farmingdale Lane in Blacksburg.

The area is considered one of the most dangerous intersections in the Salem district. The Virginia Department of Transportation came up with a safety improvement project.  

"It's called an R-Cut. This will eliminate some of the left turn movement at this intersection which is the where most of the rashes occur around this intersection or with left turn movements. So this concept should really improve safety," Jason Bond said. 

The design public hearing brought out people who live in and around the intersection, including Patricia Tracy, who lives right outside the Blacksburg town limits. She believes the improvements won't solve the problem.

"It moves it outside the town boundaries into the county area by creating the designated U-turn areas on a road where the traffic is very fast. The speed limit is not enforced. People already make all sorts of weird turns in the middle of the road or the adjoining streets," Tracy said. 

Before the design phase is complete and construction starts, VDOT representatives are still open to ideas and suggestions on the $3.3 million interchange concept. 

The connection point at Route 460 and Bishop Drive is also being discussed. 

Construction will begin late next year and with completion in 2019.