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Intersection in front of Food Lion to be discussed

by Larry S. Chowning

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) officials will hold a public informational meeting to discuss traffic problems and solutions at the Food Lion intersection in Saluda.

The meeting will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, at the Cooks Corner Business Complex on Route 33, two miles east of Saluda.

VDOT resident highway engineer Sean Trapani told the Middlesex County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that the meeting will be informal and VDOT officials will be there to answer any questions regarding proposed changes to one of the busiest intersections (Route 17 North/Route 17 Business) in the county.

“We want to get citizen comments and concerns so we can move forward on this project,” said Trapani.

No stoplight will be installed at the intersection. VDOT plans to modify the intersection to have all traffic that is leaving Saluda on Business Route 17 to turn right onto Route 17 North. Those who want to enter Food Lion would then immediately merge into the left lane and then into a proposed left-turn lane at a proposed new crossover. This median crossover would only be for entering the Food Lion parking lot.

Motorists leaving the north entrance of Food Lion who want to go to Saluda would turn right onto Route 17 South, merge into the left lane, and then into the left-turn lane at the intersection with Route 17 Business where they could turn left and proceed to Saluda.

Vehicles approaching from Route 17 South would still turn left into the Food Lion parking lot at the current intersection.

Motorists coming from Saluda via Route 17 Business, who want to go south on Route 17, would first turn right and then make a U-turn at the proposed turn lane and median.

In August, supervisors asked that a stoplight be installed at the intersection, but Trapani said drivers traveling on Route 17 South, who are unfamiliar with the area, would be surprised by a traffic light that would be somewhat hidden from view around the curve in front of Food Lion.

posted 02.05.2014

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