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Halifax Council examines safety features for traffic patterns

SoVaNow.com / May 27, 2013
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will continue performing surface improvements along the US Highway 501 corridor (South Main Street from the railroad tracks to North Main Street at the intersection of Bethel Road [VA Scenic Byway 360]) during the next several weeks.

A detailed schedule of the milling, repaving and repainting work on North Main Street should be forthcoming soon from VDOT according to Halifax Town Manager Last Tuesday afternoon members of the Current Issues Committee headed by Councilman Bill Confroy discussed a street safety issue which Confroy had brought to Council during an earlier meeting.

Confroy and fellow councilman Jack Dunavant both spoke of their concerns about the danger involved in making a left turn from Main Street onto Mountain Road on a green light and the poor line of visibility of on-coming north bound traffic.

They, along with other committee members Kristy Johnson and Ronnie Duffey, and Mayor Dick Moore offered several suggestions about increasing safety at the intersection.

Confroy said he felt moving the northbound stop bar back would provide greater visibility while Dunavant said both the turning stop bar and the northbound bar should be moved and placed side by side.

Police Chief Kevin Lands suggested that the safest measure would be to allow turning onto Mountain Road only when the green arrow gave motorists making the turn the right-of-way.

Confroy said he will discuss the matter with VDOT officials to get their input on the issue.

Also councilman Duffey reported that his efforts to have VDOT place “Watch for Children” signs in three locations in the town has been delayed because the VDOT engineer responsible for the project was slow in getting the sign locations from the town. He said he hopes to see the signs go up in the next several weeks.

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