Charles Town Pike Traffic Calming
|Roundabouts and pedestrian improvements along Route 9 in Hillsboro|
Project at a Glance
Zamir A. Mirza
About the Project
This project features roundabouts where Charles Town Pike (Route 9) intersects with Hillsboro Road and Stony Point Road, as well as sidewalks, crosswalks, on-street parking, landscaping, decorative pavers, and raised intersections and other traffic-calming elements.
The project is based on Hillsboro’s master plan, which envisions an inviting, pedestrian-friendly environment through the historic center of town.
This section of Charles Town Pike is one lane in each direction with intermittent shoulders, curbs and narrow sidewalks. Vehicles must parallel park on shoulders, partially on sidewalks, or along the road.
Hillsboro also has many buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places (the entire town is eligible) with many buildings only a few feet from the existing pavement. Most right of way through the town is 40 feet wide, with stone retaining walls in some locations.
The project is designed to avoid or limit impacts to these types of physical and right of way constraints. Curb and sidewalks have been incorporated, with crosswalks and traffic-calming measures placed at specific locations. On-street parking is proposed at the western and eastern ends of town (back-in angle parking) with parallel parking at select locations.
Single-lane roundabouts at Hillsboro Road and Stony Point Road serve as gateway treatments, signaling to motorists that they are entering historic Hillsboro. The eastern roundabout also serves as the new entrance to the Hillsboro Elementary School.
Click below to enlarge renderings of the roundabout at Hillsboro Road (left) and the raised crosswalk on Charles Town Pike (right). You can also view sketches of the planned roundabouts at Hillsboro Road and Stony Point Road.
The project only has funding for preliminary engineering and is awaiting additional funding to proceed to the right of way and construction phases.
The total estimated project cost is $20.5 million.
Preliminary engineering: $1.8 million
Right of way acquisition and utility relocation: $3.3 million
Construction estimate: $15.5 million
State Project: 0009-053-111, P101 Federal Project: STP-5401(608) UPC: 70587