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VDOT to examine Fatz Cafe entrance due to safety concerns

Pulaski County Board of Supervisors has asked Virginia Department of Transportation to look into two intersections on Route 100 that are potential traffic hazards.
County Administrator Peter Huber asked that transportation officials inspect the intersection of Route 100 and Alexander Farm Road for ways to improve the entrance for patrons looking for Fatz Café. He said Sheriff Jim Davis noted there are “serious safety concerns” in that area.
Davis, who regularly attends the board’s meetings, said patrons who are not familiar with the area are having difficulty finding the entrance to Alexander Farm Road and are ending up on the southbound ramp onto Interstate 81.
The entrance to the southbound ramp is a short distance beyond Alexander Farm Road.
In order to avoid getting onto the interstate, Davis said, some motorists are backing down the ramp when they realize they have taken the wrong road.
Huber said the problem might be solved by an off premises sign for the cafe placed at the entrance to Alexander Farm Road.
Other suggestions included painting lines on Alexander Farm Road or removing bushes and smaller signs on posts on the right side of the road to make the café more visible.
Huber said the other potential traffic hazard is at the intersection of Route 100 and the northbound exit ramp from Interstate 81, in front of the Exxon station.
Due to Route 100 switching from two to four lanes at that intersection, he said motorists coming off the interstate sometimes don’t realize there is two-way traffic on Route 100. Thinking the traffic is only moving in one direction, the motorists are pulling across Route 100 to the Exxon station without looking to their right.
VDOT Resident Engineer David Clarke said he would have the department’s traffic engineers review the intersections and determine what, if anything, needs to be done.

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VDOT to examine Fatz Cafe entrance due to safety concerns

Pulaski County Board of Supervisors has asked Virginia Department of Transportation to look into two intersections on Route 100 that are potential traffic hazards.
County Administrator Peter Huber asked that transportation officials inspect the intersection of Route 100 and Alexander Farm Road for ways to improve the entrance for patrons looking for Fatz Café. He said Sheriff Jim Davis noted there are “serious safety concerns” in that area.
Davis, who regularly attends the board’s meetings, said patrons who are not familiar with the area are having difficulty finding the entrance to Alexander Farm Road and are ending up on the southbound ramp onto Interstate 81.
The entrance to the southbound ramp is a short distance beyond Alexander Farm Road.
In order to avoid getting onto the interstate, Davis said, some motorists are backing down the ramp when they realize they have taken the wrong road.
Huber said the problem might be solved by an off premises sign for the cafe placed at the entrance to Alexander Farm Road.
Other suggestions included painting lines on Alexander Farm Road or removing bushes and smaller signs on posts on the right side of the road to make the café more visible.
Huber said the other potential traffic hazard is at the intersection of Route 100 and the northbound exit ramp from Interstate 81, in front of the Exxon station.
Due to Route 100 switching from two to four lanes at that intersection, he said motorists coming off the interstate sometimes don’t realize there is two-way traffic on Route 100. Thinking the traffic is only moving in one direction, the motorists are pulling across Route 100 to the Exxon station without looking to their right.
VDOT Resident Engineer David Clarke said he would have the department’s traffic engineers review the intersections and determine what, if anything, needs to be done.

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