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Route 100, Alexander Road intersection in need of changes

Although a highway plan identified several intersections that need to be upgraded in Pulaski County, Ingles District Supervisor Ranny Akers says one that didn’t make the list should be a higher priority than the ones that did.
Akers said something needs to be done at the intersection of Route 100 and Alexander Road before the traffic gets any worse than it already is in that vicinity. He said a left turn lane needs to be installed on Route 100 in the northbound lane to handle traffic turning onto Alexander Road.
Traffic already was bad in that area, he said, but now that the new Citgo station has opened, traffic congestion has been compounded.
Akers asked Virginia Department of Transportation Resident Engineer David Clarke if revenue sharing funds could be used to construct the turn lane.
Clarke said it could. With recent cuts in highway funding, he said any “immediate” project would have to be paid for with revenue sharing funds.
With revenue sharing funds, local funds are matched with state funds to improve the highway system in the locality. The Commonwealth Transportation Board determines the amount of funds available to localities, which have to apply and compete with other localities for funds.
As for the intersections identified on the Central Transportation/Land Use Plan as needing upgrades, Clarke said there are no highway funds to move forward with those projects at this time.
He said the plan will allow the county to do some long-range planning in the event some stimulus funding becomes available.
Intersections proposed for upgrades include Bagging Plant Road and Route 100, Cemetery Road and Route 11, Old Route 11 and Route 11, and Hatcher Road and Route 11.
The plan was developed in partnership with Virginia Department of Transportation and New River Valley Planning District Commission.

Route 100, Alexander Road intersection in need of changes

Although a highway plan identified several intersections that need to be upgraded in Pulaski County, Ingles District Supervisor Ranny Akers says one that didn’t make the list should be a higher priority than the ones that did.
Akers said something needs to be done at the intersection of Route 100 and Alexander Road before the traffic gets any worse than it already is in that vicinity. He said a left turn lane needs to be installed on Route 100 in the northbound lane to handle traffic turning onto Alexander Road.
Traffic already was bad in that area, he said, but now that the new Citgo station has opened, traffic congestion has been compounded.
Akers asked Virginia Department of Transportation Resident Engineer David Clarke if revenue sharing funds could be used to construct the turn lane.
Clarke said it could. With recent cuts in highway funding, he said any “immediate” project would have to be paid for with revenue sharing funds.
With revenue sharing funds, local funds are matched with state funds to improve the highway system in the locality. The Commonwealth Transportation Board determines the amount of funds available to localities, which have to apply and compete with other localities for funds.
As for the intersections identified on the Central Transportation/Land Use Plan as needing upgrades, Clarke said there are no highway funds to move forward with those projects at this time.
He said the plan will allow the county to do some long-range planning in the event some stimulus funding becomes available.
Intersections proposed for upgrades include Bagging Plant Road and Route 100, Cemetery Road and Route 11, Old Route 11 and Route 11, and Hatcher Road and Route 11.
The plan was developed in partnership with Virginia Department of Transportation and New River Valley Planning District Commission.