VDOT to hold info meeting on proposed Midlothian Turnpike intersection

VDOT to hold info meeting on proposed Midlothian Turnpike intersection
An overhead view of an RCUT intersection in Loris, South Carolina. (Source: Virginia Department of Transportation)

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - Community members can ask questions about a proposed project on Midlothian Turnpike during an online meeting on Thursday.

The Virginia Department of Transportation, or VDOT, proposed a restricted crossing U-turn, also known as an RCUT, on Midlothian Turnpike at Woolridge Road and Old Buckingham Road.

VDOT said in a release the $13.2 million project will improve safety by reducing points where vehicles cross paths and creating safer turning movements. Drivers are also expected to see shorter wait times at the intersection.

The design uses U-turns to direct traffic from side streets — in this case, Buckingham Road — to turn left or go straight through the intersection.

Traffic on the main road will have a designated lane to turn left or right.

The Virginia Department of Transportation released this diagram navigating RCUT intersections. In this diagram, Midlothian Turnpike drivers are symbolized by the yellow arrows. Buckingham Road drivers would follow the dashed, purple arrows.
The Virginia Department of Transportation released this diagram navigating RCUT intersections. In this diagram, Midlothian Turnpike drivers are symbolized by the yellow arrows. Buckingham Road drivers would follow the dashed, purple arrows. (Source: Virginia Department of Transportation)

The intersections are also referred to as superstreet intersections, J-turn intersections, reduced conflict intersections and synchronized street intersections.

The RCUT intersection can be designed with traffic signals, stop signs and yield signs, but VDOT has not specified plans for this project.

During construction, VDOT says flaggers will assist traffic and long-term detours are not expected.

VDOT will hold its public meeting on Thursday, April 29 at 5 p.m. Access the meeting through this link. Participants can submit questions through the livestream’s chat feature. In the event of equipment or other unforeseen issues, the meeting backup date is Thursday, May 6 from 5-7 p.m.

Community members can also provide feedback through an online survey. A printable version can be emailed to william.wheeler@VDOT.Virginia.gov or mailed to William Wheeler, Virginia Department of Transportation, 2430 Pine Forest Drive, South Chesterfield.

Comments can be submitted until May 9.

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