VDOT to hold public input meeting on the Martinsville Southern Connector on Thursday

RIDGEWAY, Va. (WDBJ) - VDOT started the Martinsville Southern Connector study in 2018 to look at options to improved the connection between Hwy. 220 and Rt. 58.

As business continues to grow in Henry County, Hwy. 220 in Ridgeway is seeing more traffic and that could cause some safety concerns for the county.

"There are a lot of curb cuts and direct access from businesses, homes, and churches, every time you have a curb cut, it slows traffic down and enhances the chances of collision." said Henry County Administrator, Tim Hill.

Hall says the county has been pursuing ways to make the road safer and easier for business to send products north.

Through the process of VDOT's study, there are now three connector options for residents that start close to the state line and end Joseph Martin Highway, but each one would force some people to relocate.

VDOT's recommended plan, Alternative C, would force 25 residents to relocate.

VDOT chose their recommendation based on which plan would cause less damage to the environment and still be feasible.

They'll be hosting a public input meeting at Drewry Mason Elementary School on Thursday, August 16, at 6 p.m.