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Nelson: VDOT To Hold Route 151 Corridor Study Public Meeting On March 14, 2013

[ 0 ] March 3, 2013 |

Above is a VDOT flier announcing a public meeting on March 14, 2013 at The Rockfish Valley Community Center. The meeting is to discuss potential changes to Route 151 through the Rockfish Valley from Route 250 south to Route 664 (Rockfish Gap to Beech Grove Road heading to Wintergreen) Click on image to read larger version.

Afton
Nelson County, VA

Back in December 2012 we told you about an effort underway by Peter Agelasto of Nellysford, and other petitioners, to make changes to the speed limit along Route 151 through the Rockfish Valley. We also ran an online poll during that time as well, click here to see those results.

VDOT has been doing some preliminary studies on the highway in recent weeks to come up with suggestions about speed limits and other improvements.

Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Buswell: This suggested speed of 45 MPH sign went up in the last week of February 2013 just north of AM Fog and Blue Mountain Brewery on Route 151 near the Nelson / Albemarle County Line. The area has become more congested over the past several years with the additional traffic heading down 151 to breweries, wineries, restaurants, the resort, etc.

Back in 2007 Project 151 and Tommy Stafford (publisher of this site and Blue Ridge Life Magazine – then Nelson County Life) along with other area residents, led the charge to have changes made to Route 151 after a mother and her two young daughters were all killed in an accident at the intersection of Greenfield Road and Route 151. Two other people were killed that same year on Route 151 making a total of 5 fatalities in 2007. Eventually that intersection was widened and the speed limit was reduced along targeted sections of 151. Fatalities dropped dramatically, but accidents along Route 151 are still common.

The current move to have additional speed reductions and intersection improvements is not related to now mothballed Project 151 or its members.

The VDOT notice says:

Stop by between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to view displays and learn about the project. VDOT staff will be available to answer your questions.
Review project details at www.virginiadot.org, at the meeting, or during business hours at VDOT’s Lynchburg District Office at 4219 Campbell Avenue in Lynchburg. Please call ahead at 434-947-6559 or to ensure appropriate personnel are available to answer questions.
Give your written comments at the meeting, or mail them by March 24, 2013 to Mr. Rick Youngblood, Virginia Department of Transportation, 4219 Campbell Avenue, Lynchburg, 24501. You may also email lynchburginfo@vdot.virginia.gov. Please reference “Route 151 Corridor Study” in the subject line.

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