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Bedford officials discuss future of busy, dangerous intersection

Turning lane or a roundabout part of the options

They're talking about possible changes at the intersection of Longwood Avenue and Independence Boulevard.
They're talking about possible changes at the intersection of Longwood Avenue and Independence Boulevard.

BEDFORD, Va. – Bedford officials are hosting a virtual town hall Tuesday to discuss the future of a busy and dangerous roadway.

They’re talking about the intersection of Longwood Avenue (Route 122) and Independence Boulevard (U.S. Highway 221).

Bedford officials are partnering with the Central Virginia Planning District Commission to hear the results of a study conducted in that area over the past year.

They’re also hearing feedback and concerns from the public about the different options to change the intersection.

“We talked about a turning lane in one area, on up to a full-blown roundabout. Then there’s always the alternative to do nothing,” explained Mary Zirkle, the economic development coordinator for the town of Bedford.

CVPDC said since 2015, there have been at least 35 crashes at or near the intersection, six of which caused injuries.


About the Author:

Tim Harfmann joined the 10 News team in September 2020 and works at the station's Lynchburg bureau.