Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Aug. 16, 2010
VDOT HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING ON THROUGH-TRUCK RESTRICTION FOR ROUTE 116 IN ROANOKE AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES
SALEM—The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on a proposed through-truck restriction on the 12.6-mile section of Route 116 (Jae Valley Road/Jubal Early Highway) that extends between Route 122 (Booker T. Washington Highway) in Franklin County and Route 809 (Sunnyvale Street) in Roanoke County. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Elementary School located at 3216 Mount Pleasant Boulevard in Roanoke.
This hearing is being held to provide an opportunity for citizens or organizations to give VDOT input on the proposed restriction on Route 116. VDOT representatives will be present to discuss the proposed restriction and to answer questions.
VDOT completed a traffic engineering study which examined how tractor-trailer combinations of various types and lengths use Route 116. Based on results of the study, VDOT is supporting a through-truck restriction for vehicles in excess of 46 feet. The Board of Supervisors for Roanoke and Franklin counties have passed resolutions that support restricting tractor truck or semi-trailer combination traffic on Route 116 in excess of 28 feet.
The proposed restriction will affect only through traffic and will not prohibit tractor-trailers of any length from making business deliveries on Route 116. Restricting tractor truck or semi-trailer combination traffic will increase an affected vehicle’s through travel by approximately 22.3 miles and add about 32 minutes to travel time.
Comments received as part of this public hearing will be considered before VDOT submits its final recommendation to the Commonwealth Transportation Board to approve or deny the proposed restriction.
Written comments about the proposed through-truck restriction may be submitted at the hearing or until Friday, September 10, 2010 by mail to Mr. Richard L. Caywood, P.E., Virginia Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 3071, Salem, VA 24153. E-mail comments can be sent to saleminfo@VDOT.virginia.gov. Please reference “Route 116 Through-Truck Restriction” in the subject heading.
Anyone requiring special assistance to attend and participate in this meeting may contact VDOT’s Civil Rights Division at 540-387-5320 or TTY/TDD 711.
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