By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: February 1, 2020 | 1:30 p.m.
New signals, left-turn lane installed at busy U.S. Route 1 crossroad
DINWIDDIE – Improvements to one of northern Dinwiddie’s busier intersections has largely concluded, helping traffic flow through the growing corridor better.
Virginia Department of Transportation representatives confirmed last week that work at the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and Ritchie Avenue is mostly finished, which included the installation of a new left turn lane from Boydton Plank Road onto Ritchie Avenue and new traffic signals.
While most of the work is done, Bethanie Glover of VDOT said in an interview they will be finishing some minor items in the intersection’s vicinity, while also working to finalize signal timing, adding stop bars, transferring utilities, and cleaning up once those tasks are completed.
All four poles at the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and Ritchie Avenue have received new traffic signals as part of an intersection improvement project that saw a new left-turn lane lane installed on the southern leg of the roadway to aid in traffic flow. (Michael Campbell)
The project was initially presented to the Dinwiddie Board of Supervisors for informational purposes in May by VDOT Residency Administrator Scott Thornton, who said the project sought to address concerns from both drivers and local leaders about traffic flow onto Ritchie Avenue toward then-recently opened Taco Bell restaurant at the corner of the intersection.
Working in a “phased approach,” Thornton said VDOT would start by removing the center-lane striping and concrete median on the intersection’s southern leg to allow for the installation of a dedicated left-turn lane.
Afterwards, new traffic signals would be installed on all four poles at the intersection, with the entire project being funded through state safety dollars.
It was expected that the work would begin last summer but, following requests from the Dinwiddie Board of Supervisors onto VDOT to identify funding that would allow for development and implementation of intersection improvements at U.S. Route 460 and Courthouse Road sooner rather than later after adding it to their six-year road plan, funding was shifted from the Ritchie Avenue project, according to county leaders at the time.
Later, VDOT would confirm, despite the shift in funding, the Ritchie Avenue project would proceed as planned, with Thornton telling supervisors they were prepared to begin but they wanted to forgo construction until after the Dinwiddie County Fair, held in September, due to increased traffic expected on U.S. Route 1.
Crews would begin their work toward the end of 2019 and largely complete the construction and signal installation earlier this month. According to VDOT, the project is expected to cost $254,900.
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