Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Oct. 27, 2011
FLASHING SIGNAL INSTALLED ON ROUTE 1
Signal will activate and flash during periods of congestion near Stafford High School at left turn lane onto Enon Road
FREDERICKSBURG—Next week, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will activate a flashing traffic signal on Route 1 near Stafford High School to alert motorists to the presence of stopped traffic around school arrival and dismissal times.
The flashing signal is located south of the intersection of Enon Road (Route 627) and Route 1. The signal will face motorists traveling in the northbound lanes of Route 1.
Sensors have been embedded in the pavement of the northbound, left travel lane of Route 1, immediately north of the flashing signal. The signal will activate and flash only when vehicles are stopped on this sensor.
The signal will become operational the week of Monday, Oct. 31.
Currently, stopped vehicles waiting to turn left onto Enon Road from northbound Route 1 create a short period of congestion on weekday mornings, between approximately 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. The entrance to Stafford High School is located approximately a quarter-mile west of the Route 1 intersection on Enon Road.
While VDOT has adjusted the traffic signal timing at Enon Road and Route 1 to allow as many northbound vehicles to turn left as possible during the school arrival period, a line of waiting vehicles exists most weekday mornings in the northbound left lane.
Northbound Route 1 in this location includes a series of hills. The flashing signal was placed at the crest of this series of hills before the Enon Road and Route 1 intersection, where it is visible to motorists approaching from a distance. This flashing signal will warn motorists that there is stopped traffic they cannot see beyond the crests of these hills.
A sign has been installed to accompany the signal, warning northbound motorists of “Stopped Traffic Ahead When Flashing.”
The signal was installed using $60,000 in state funds.
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