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East Main Street (Route 460) Improvements - Salem

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Project at a Glance
Begin Date
Late May/Early June 2018

Est Completion Date
Summer 2020

Phase 1 Only

15.9 million



Kelly Dunn, LS, PE

Project Description

The primary purpose of this project is to improve traffic flow and accessibility for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians who use the 0.5-mile section of East Main Street in Salem that begins at Route 311 and extends to Brand Ave. The traffic count for this segment of roadway is approximately 14,000 vehicles per day and is referred to as Phase 1.  

The current cost estimate of Phase 1 of the project is $15.2 million. Phase 1 of the project is fully funded using state and federal funds.

Phase 2 of the project extends from Brand Ave. to 0.044 miles east of Kessler Mill Road. Phase 2 portion of the project is unfunded at this time.

The project entails adding these improvements:
• Two-way left turn lanes
• A dedicated right turn lane from East Main Street onto Route 311 
(Thompson Memorial Drive)
• A new traffic signal at the Lynchburg Turnpike intersection
• A dedicated right turn lane from Lynchburg Turnpike onto East Main Street
• Curbing
• Five-foot bike lanes
• Decorative street lighting
• Sidewalks and landscaping
• Stormwater system improvement

East Main Street Map

Project Updates

A public hearing was held on the project on Oct. 9, 2014 at South Salem Elementary School.  

Informational Brochure

Phase 1 is currently funded. Phase 2 is not funded.

Phase 1 of the project was advertised for construction bids in December 2017.

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Page last modified: Nov. 1, 2018