South Pleasant Valley Road virtual town hall and public input opportunities

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 11:30

In partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the City of Winchester will host a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 6 pm to explain the 11 proposed improvement concepts for South Pleasant Valley Road and answer questions. Following the presentation, VDOT and City staff will answer questions submitted in advance by local residents and by those participating virtually. To submit questions in advance of the town hall, an online form is available on the project website (Deadline: May 26 at 9 am). The form can also be used anytime following the virtual town hall should questions arise. Instructions regarding participating in the virtual town hall will be provided on the project website.

Community members interested in providing feedback on any of the proposed concepts can submit the public input survey available on the project website (Deadline: June 14, 2020). VDOT and City staff will present the public feedback and several draft SMART Scale funding applications to City Council at the June 23, 2020 Work Session. The implementation of any of the improvement concepts is dependent upon City Council’s decision and the availability of funding.

“The improvements being considered are greatly needed, but we may not be able to implement some of them for at least several years,” stated the City’s Public Services Director Perry Eisenach. “Transportation projects such as these are expensive and take time. Although we may apply for funding for some of the more pressing issues now, it could be at least three to five years before the funding is received and construction can begin. We ask our community members to be patient and know that improving traffic flow and safety on S. Pleasant Valley Road, and throughout the city, is always a priority for us.”

Project Website: www.winchesterva.gov/pleasant-valley-road-improvements

Background

Since last fall, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has assisted the City with a Strategically Targeted Affordable Roadway Solutions (STARS) study of South Pleasant Valley Road in the 2.2-mile section between East Cork Street and the intersection of E. Tevis Street/Crossover Boulevard. This is a busy north-south commercial route with operational and safety issues due to heavy traffic volumes during peak periods. The study focused on safety and considered access management improvements and innovative intersection configurations. The study also considered improvements to bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. Using the study information, the City could pursue funding for implementation of recommended improvements through VDOT’s Six-Year Improvement Program (SMART Scale funding).