What do you think of the 11 proposed improvements to S. Pleasant Valley Road?
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is assisting the City of Winchester with a Strategically Targeted Affordable Roadway Solutions (STARS) study of South Pleasant Valley Road in the 2.2-mile section between East Cork Street and the intersection of Tevis Street. This is a busy north-south commercial route with operational and safety issues due to heavy traffic volumes during peak periods.
The study focused on safety and considered access management improvements and innovative intersection configurations. The study also considered improvements to bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. Traditional widening of Pleasant Valley Road was not considered. The City could pursue funding for implementation of recommended improvements through VDOT’s Six-Year Improvement Program (SMART SCALE).
Please review the improvement alternatives below as provided by VDOT and let us know what you think. Improvements are recommended in 11 sections on South Pleasant Valley Road, but completion is dependent upon funding availability. The City will apply for state funding were available.
- Summer/Fall 2019 - Kickoff meeting and study framework development
- December 2019 - Existing conditions analysis
- February 2020 - Public survey, concept development and screening, build analysis
- March 12, 2020 - Presented improvement concepts to City Council
- March/April 2020 - Cost estimates, schedules, reporting, SMART SCALE applications
- May/June 2020 - Project summary sheets, public engagement
- June/July 2020 - City Council Work Session presentation (July 2020), final documentation, finalize SMART SCALE applications for funding assistance
#1: E. Cork Street and S. Pleasant Valley Road
Improvements: (1A) Add second westbound left-turn lane and (1B) Add northbound right-turn lane
#2: E. Leicester Street and S. Pleasant Valley Road (Option 1)
Improvement: Install mid-block crossing between Hollingsworth Drive and Cork Street and a shared-use path for pedestrian access to Leicester Street and Jim Barnett Park
#3: E. Leicester Street and S. Pleasant Valley Road (Option 2)
Improvement: Install a two-lane roundabout between Hollingsworth Drive and Cork Street
#4: Parkview Avenue and S. Pleasant Valley Road
Improvement: Restrict eastbound access from Parkview Avenue and residential units to S. Pleasant Valley Road
#5: S. Pleasant Valley Road Access Management (between Spring Street and E. Jubal Early Drive)
Improvements: (5A) Close southbound commercial driveway access and extend concrete median and (5B) Remove northern crosswalk at Spring Street
#6: E. Jubal Early Drive and S. Pleasant Valley Road
Improvements: Add second left-turn lane on westbound and eastbound approaches
#7: E. Wingate Drive, Featherbed Lane and S. Pleasant Valley Road
Improvements: (7A) Install median and modify Wingate Drive access to right-in/right-out and (7B) Add dedicated right-turn lane on eastbound and northbound approaches at Featherbed Lane
#8: Martin's/BB&T Commercial Entrance and S. Pleasant Valley Road
Improvements: Convert commercial exit to right-out
#9: Patsy Cline Blvd, Adams Drive and S. Pleasant Valley Road
Improvements: (9A) Convert Patsy Cline Boulevard access to right-out and (9B) Extend westbound left-turn lane on Adams Drive
#10: Walmart Entrance and S. Pleasant Valley Road
Improvements: Convert Walmart commercial exit to right-out
#11: Winchester Station and S. Pleasant Valley Road
Improvements: Extend southbound left-turn lane and close southbound commercial entrance
NOTE: This proposed improvement will advance forward only with future redevelopment of the Noland property. At such time, it is recommended that the site access to this property is aligned with Winchester Station and include an inter-parcel connection to the bank parcel to the south.
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