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 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.
Comments can be submitted until May 9.
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