The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has announced it has implemented safety improvement measures at one of the highest car crash rate sites in Montgomery County. The agency will be installing new traffic safety signs at the intersection of U.S. Route 460 and Main St., near the Blacksburg town limits.
According to statistics from the VDOT, there have been almost 50 car crashes at the dangerous intersection in the past five years. Four of those crashes have been fatal ones. The most common crash that has occurred is an angle crash between drivers turning left from eastbound Route 460 onto North Main Street. Currently, there are no stop lights at the intersection and drivers report limited visibility.
The VDOT has begun installing new flashing warning signs that will read “Watch for Entering Vehicles When Flashing.” The signs will have detectors which will activate the sign when a driver is waiting at the intersection to turn. Work will be done to create video detection zones in the intersection crossover. These zones will activate then activate the sign to warn drivers approaching the intersection that turning vehicles are present.
Other safety measures the VDOT has already taken at the dangerous intersection includes upgrades to signage, cutting back on trees and other greenery, and installing new pavement markings. The cost of the new signs was $137,479 and installation should be complete sometime this month.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by an at-fault driver, contact an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for pain and loss.