In a message thanking Supervisor Frank Principi for his support, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced that it will go forward with the installation of a turn signal and pedestrian improvements at the intersection of Blackburn Road and Rippon Boulevard. This project is another step forward in Supervisor Principi’s efforts to improve connectivity in New Woodbridge.
At a December 2017 public meeting, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) found there was overwhelming community support for the project. An earlier traffic study demonstrated that the intersection met signal warrants (4-hr. volumes, peak hour delay, crash experience).
VDOT presented several options, including a roundabout, evaluating attendee preference by a show of hands. The general public showed a slight preference for the traffic signal solution. Additionally, the roundabout lacks funding, detailed design, a determined schedule and public input on Forest Grove access impacts.
The new signal project is anticipated to decrease the number of angle crashes which cause the most severe injuries. It will also incorporate pedestrian improvements, such as pedestrian signals, crosswalks and American With Disabilities (ADA)-compliant ramps, as well as connecting Blackburn Road sidewalks to the Rippon Boulevard trail system. The project also includes turn lanes and improved pavement conditions within project limits.