Centreville Roundabout Up for Discussion at Fairfax County Supervisors Meeting

The roundabout project could result in improvements to the notably congested intersection and a nearby tricky curb in Braddock Road.

A proposed roundabout at Pleasant Valley and Braddock Roads. (VDOT)
A proposed roundabout at Pleasant Valley and Braddock Roads. (VDOT)
The Fairfax County Board of County Board of Supervisors is expected to express no opposition to the creation of a roundabout at the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and Braddock Road in Centreville. 

The $4.1 million Virginia Department of Transportation plan would turn the current four-way stop intersection into a roundabout in an effort to ease congestion during peak hours. 
The board will vote for or against a vote of no opposition during their meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14. 
The matter is listed as action item two on the board's meeting agenda. Find the agenda here on the county's site

VDOT engineers give the intersection a Level of Service ranking of "F" for failing because of morning eastbound traffic backups and evening westbound traffic delays on Braddock Road. 

A "no opposition" vote by the board would required VDOT officials to work with the Fairfax County Department of Transportation regarding construction of the pedestrian access and walkway on the south side of Braddock Road within the existing right-of-way along Pleasant Valley Properties and park frontage from Pleasant Forest Drive to the existing trail on the east side of Pleasant Valley Road at the intersection of Braddock and Pleasant Valley Roads. 

It would also mean the possible reduction of a southbound lane on Pleasant Valley Road through the Virginia Run community.  This reduction is similar to the existing “road diet” on the northbound side of Pleasant Valley Road through the Virginia Run community.  A road diet is generally used to slow or reduce traffic in an area, by making less roadway available for use. 

If the project goes forward VDOT would also be required to review and implement potential maintenance improvements to the “S-curve” a particularly curvy segment of Braddock Road just east of the proposed roundabout. 

Not everyone is in favor of the project. Several residents of the area have sent letters to the board, asking that they delay their vote on the project.

The VDOT public commenting period on the project ended on Oct. 30. During the period, 656 submitted written and oral comments to the agency about the roundabout.
Of that 656: 468 said they support the project, 180 oppose it, three showed "conditional" support of the project and five responded with questions, but no indication of where they stand on the project, according to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Jan. 14 meeting agenda. 

No Fairfax County funds will be used for the project. Instead the project is funded by federal funds, state funds and Loudoun County. The project is could be completed by May 2016. 

ScottRAB January 14, 2014 at 12:43 PM
The FHWA has a video about modern roundabouts that is mostly accurate (http://tinyurl.com/6v44a3x).


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