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Edmunds Boulevard traffic plan draws criticism / February 15, 2018

“I don’t like it.”

A proposed traffic change that would turn Edmunds Boulevard behind the Courthouse into a one-way street drew negative reviews from Council member Jack Dunavant, who called the idea “a nightmare” at Tuesday night’s meeting of Halifax Town Council.

Dunavant, a frequent critic of the Courthouse Renovation Project, said the switch from two-way to one-way traffic on Edmunds would disrupt the flow of traffic on Mountain Road, since vehicles would be exiting onto the street from Edmunds. Cars would only enter Edmunds from the Main Street egress.

Dunavant also was dismissive of Halifax County’s plans for on-street handicapped parking, which he said would provide access to the courthouse but do little to help downtown Halifax merchants.

VDOT is currently evaluating the proposed traffic change on Edmunds, which the county is seeking as part of its design for an expanded and renovated courthouse building. During construction, Edmunds would be closed off entirely, in part to serve as a staging area for construction equipment and vehicles.

The Halifax County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution last week asking VDOT to go forward with the change to Edmunds.

Town Manager Carl Espy noted that during a Jan. 30 meeting with affected property owners, town citizens and officials, a VDOT representative pointed out benefits that would come with the traffic pattern change, including new sidewalks on both sides of the street and curb and gutter work.

Sidewalks also would be installed to make parking in front of the regional jail more convenient for visitors.

In other business during the Tuesday meeting of Halifax Town Council, Marcia Hite of the Village Association previewed upcoming events, including the upcoming April Halicrafts Art Festival.

Finance Chairman Bill Covington noted that he and Espy are working on a draft town budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Covington invited other Council members to join them in a budget work session set for March.

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