Christiansburg residents, business owners react to busy intersection redesign

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) People were learning more Thursday night about changes coming to what some call a crowded and confusing intersection in the New River Valley, at North Franklin Street and Cambria Street in Christiansburg.

They were also giving input before the design is finished.

A majority of people at the meeting Thursday were excited for the change. It would focus on the traffic coming from the side of the intersection which is a combination of 460 Business and Bypass, merging together at the light.

Currently, people going through the intersection find a lot of problems trying to get where they're going with the current design.

Gene Malinowski of Christiansburg said, "Right now it's really time consuming sitting there, you could read a small book while you're waiting for the traffic lights to go. This has got to improve that a lot."

The new plan would have 460 Business meet 460 Bypass exiting vehicles at a new light. Then traffic would proceed to the current intersection with four lanes, including two straight ahead lanes.

Couple that with a traffic light study, Christiansburg believes traffic will flow much smoother.

But the plans aren't finished. People can still give input, and some business owners in the vicinity had some questions.

Ron Masri lives in Christiansburg and runs Total Motion Physical Therapy.

He said, "They've proposed a median right in front of my building that's going to force people to go all the way down, about maybe another 100 feet, to make a U-turn."

Kelly Burdette of Blacksburg and Owner of Town & Country Veterinary Clinic added, "With the new plan, they're actually going to be taking the ability for people coming from the Blacksburg area to turn left into Central Avenue. So we're here just to see what they're proposing to help us out with respect to the traffic flow to our new facility that we're building."

The Town also showcased Thursday a separate project V-DOT is working on to finish a ramp off of 460 bypass to connect with 460 business heading back towards the Blacksburg area at the exit.

The plan as of Thursday was to begin construction in November, 2018 and have the intersection fixed by November, 2019.

Public comment and questions are welcome up until November 27th.

People can send their input to Town of Christiansburg, ATTN: Wayne Nelson, PE, Town Hall, 100 East Main Street Christiansburg, VA 24073 or email Nelson at wnelson@christiansburg.org

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