Changes coming to Hydraulic Road and high crash volume areas of Route 29
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Big changes are coming as crews are to begin work by the Hydraulic Road and Hillsdale Drive intersection on Monday.
"On the 29th our contractor is going to be starting work at night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Hydraulic, primarily doing drainage work, maybe some median work," VDOT Culpeper Spokesperson Sharon Ketcham said.
This evening project is one of the first steps in creating a roundabout at the Hydraulic and Hillsdale intersection for a safer and more efficient traffic pattern.
The roundabout has been in the planning process for a while now with the hopes of minimizing high-speed accidents. According to the DMV, the corridor between Emmet Street, Hydraulic Road, and Seminole Trail is one of the most dangerous places to drive in Charlottesville.
“This is the No. 1 spot for crashes and it's not because of speeding it's because of sheer volume, and congestion,” Charlottesville Police PIO Kyle Ervin said.
Charlottesville Police recently placed two signs on the north- and southbound sides of 29 by the 250 interchange to remind drivers that the area is considered to be a “High volume crash area.”
“This area is very trafficked and at times it can get very congested, so we are just trying to spread awareness,” Ervin said.
The Hydraulic Road project will be one of many in the coming months to improve safety.
They also plan to get rid of left-hand turns from Hydraulic onto 29 as well as creating more access with a pedestrian bridge crossing the intersection into the shops at Stonefield.
VDOT says those projects are expected to be completed around October of next year.