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VDOT seeking input on Roanoke County roundabout project

Published: Oct. 21, 2020 at 12:28 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2020 at 5:28 PM EDT
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SALEM, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Transportation is looking for public comment on a project set for Roanoke County.

The plan has been in place since 2017, and construction on the new roundabout at the intersection of Buck Mountain Road and Starkey Road won’t begin until 2025.

It’s a $6.1 million project that VDOT deems necessary with the number of cars.

“Compared to traditional signalized intersections, roundabouts are more efficient. They provide fewer stops and less delays for drivers," said Jason Bond, a spokesperson for VDOT.

VDOT estimates 8,600 cars travel though the intersection per day now. By 2040 that number is expected to increase to 12,500 cars daily.

Research aside, over the next nine days, VDOT wants you to fill out a form, especially if you’re one of the drivers who uses the intersection and may be disrupted during the year it will take to build the roundabout.

“So there will be a bit of disruption while the roundabout is under construction, because that intersection is going to be reconstructed, so we hope folks bear with us and know that it’s going to be much better once completed," said Megan Cronise, the Transportation Planning Administrator for Roanoke County.

Public comments can be submitted October 21 through the 31st. To learn more or to submit a comment, click here.

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