VDOT information: (800) 367-7623
Botetourt County Transportation Safety Commission
meets 6:30 p.m. 2nd Tuesday of March, June, September, December
General Services Conference Room, Back St. Fincastle
REPRESENTING MEMBER Board of Supervisors Jack Leffel Amsterdam District Alan Long Blue Ridge District Michael Rock Buchanan District Harry Falls Fincastle District W. T. Hunter, Jr Valley District Michael Lynch Public Schools Morris Gill General Services Kevin Shearer
- EastPark Drive Traffic Signal (Aug. 2012)
Construction appears to be underway for the traffic signal at the intersection of EastPark Drive and U.S. 220 Alt. VDOT explains that a new type of signal will be installed there:
The signal phasing will include protected-permissive movements for the left turn from Alternate 220. Instead of the “Left Turn Yield on Green Ball” indication, the flashing yellow arrow configuration will be used. This type of installation is newer and research has shown it to be more intuitive that the green ball indication. You may have seen this type of installation elsewhere; North Carolina has been using them longer than Virginia has. The flashing yellow arrow indicates that a left turn can be made using caution and replaces the older green ball indication. There will still be a green left turn arrow to indicate a protected left turn during a portion of the signal phase. The attached image shows what the left turn signal will look like with the flashing yellow indication.
We have been advised that the “Be Prepared to Stop When Flashing” signs will not be installed at this signal. This decision is based on the sight distances and adjacent signals. VDOT will monitor crashes that occur in the intersection and if necessary, the flashing signs could be installed at a later date.
- VDOT encourages motorists to call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org for real-time traffic information.
- weekly ROADWATCH (open the pdf file and scroll to the Botetourt section)