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High Street Intersection Transportation Study
Overview
At the request of the Town of Gordonsville, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in conjunction with its on-call transportation consultant, has developed a planning study of the northern and southern intersections of High Street. This study examines issues and concerns for each intersection and then outlines alternative improvements for addressing those issues and concerns. The project was funded through VDOT's On-call Consulting Program at no direct cost to the town. HNTB out of Arlington, Virginia, was the consultant that worked with VDOT on this project.

In December 2012, Town Council appointed a Steering Committee comprised of local citizens and stakeholders to assist with the development of this planning study. Most of the committee members owned property or represented a group that owns property at either end of High Street.

The first meeting of the committee was held on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at which time members in attendance provided thoughtful insight as to the issues and concerns surrounding the northern and southern intersections of High Street. The consultant used this information, along with technical data for both intersections (traffic counts, accident reports, etc.) to formulate intersection designs that could be used to improve their safety and efficiency. VDOT presented these preliminary draft concept improvements to Council on March 18, 2013.

On March 29, 2013, the consultant conducted a field visit where members of the Steering Committee, members of Council, Town staff and other interested parties met at both ends of High Street to view first-hand the traffic and safety issues identified for each intersection and to review the draft conceptual designs for intersection improvements.

On May 14, 2013, the Steering Committee met with the on-call consultant and VDOT to review the final draft conceptual designs for intersection improvements, which incorporated comments made at the March 29th field visit. The draft concepts were then finalized in preparation for presenting the information to Council.

The final report for the High Street Intersection study was presented to Council on June 17, 2013. Public comments on the plan were received at that time and at a public hearing held by Council at their July 15, 2013 meeting. Council adopted the study on July 15, 2013, specifically recommending Alternative 1 (125' diameter roundabout) for both the northern and southern intersections of High Street.

The next steps for this project are to request that the intersection improvements as recommended by Council be placed on VDOT's Six Year Improvement Plan so that funding may be sought for preliminary engineering and design and, ultimately, construction of the improvements. As with the planning phase of the project, a stakeholders group will be appointed to oversee the design of the improvements when that stage of the project is reached.

The Town wishes to thank all those who participated in the development of the High Street Intersection planning study. Anyone with questions regarding the study may contact the Town Planner at 540-832-2233.

Steering Committee
The Town of Gordonsville established a local steering committee comprised of local citizens and stakeholders to assist with the development of this planning study. Most of the committee members owned property or represented a group that owns property at either end of High Street.

The members of the committee were:

Arthur Wood Jr., Property owner
Tim Ferguson, Property owner
Jim Bradley, Planning Commission
Wendy Hartsook, Property owner
Kelly Southard, Orange County Rescue Squad
Allen Smith, 400 West Gordon Avenue Shops
Craig Hartman, BBQ Exchange
Rudy Richardson, Gordonsville Baptist Church
Katrina Richardson, Gordon Barbour Elementary School
Jim Townsend, Gordonsville Plaza Shopping Center
Mike Preddy, Preddy’s Funeral Home
Shelly Preddy, Property owner
David Rabe, Property owner

Doug Arnold, Coordinator of Facilities for Orange County Public Schools, also participated in the development of the planning study on behalf of the County school system.

Meetings of the committee were held on an as-needed basis.

Project Materials
Click on the links below to access information that was provided as part of the study.

Intersection Photos

North High Street
South High Street

Handouts from the January 22, 2013 meeting:

Meeting Agenda
Project Scope of Work
High Street Project Goals and Vision
Traffic Counts and Accident Data

Meeting Minutes

January 22, 2013 Kick-off Meeting
March 29, 2013 Field Visit

Draft Conceptual Sketches

On March 4, 2013, the steering committee met again with the consultant and reviewed conceptual sketches prepared to show possible improvements to North and South High Street. These conceptual sketches are reflective of input provided by the steering committee at their January meeting as well as consultant field and data review for each intersection.

Two concepts have been generated for North High Street, and four concepts have been generated for South High Street. Sketches for these concepts are available below and include both lane improvements and the possible construction of a roundabout at each intersection. These concepts are being presented to Council at their March 18, 2013 meeting, and the consultant will conduct a field visit to inform property owners along each intersection of High Street about the proposed concepts for possible intersection improvements on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 (rain date is Friday, March 29, 2013).

North High Street 1
North High Street 2

South High Street 1
South High Street 2
South High Street 3
South High Street 4

Final Conceptual Sketches and Draft Report

On May 14, 2013, VDOT presented the final draft conceptual sketches to the Steering Committee for review. Comments made by the Committee were incorporated into the final draft concepts, which were presented to Council by VDOT and HNTB Consulting at the June Council meeting. Council has scheduled a public hearing for July 15, 2013 to receive public comment on the draft concepts and draft report.

The final draft concepts may be viewed by clicking on the links below:

North High Street Alternate 1 (roundabout)
North High Street Alternate 2 (lane improvements)

South High Street Alternate 1 (roundabout)
South High Street Alternate 2 (intersection improvements - Stonewall Avenue closed)
South High Street Alternate 2B (intersection improvements - Stonewall Avenue open)

Final Report
 
The full planning study with appendices as adopted by Council on July 15, 2013 may be viewed by clicking on the following:

High Street Intersection Transportation Planning Study (full report)

Because of the size of the full report, the plan and corresponding appendices may also be viewed individually by clicking on the following:

Final Planning Study
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
Appendix F
Appendix G 



Gordonsville, a town at the Crossroads of History
Town Hall. 112 South Main Street, Post Office Box 276
Gordonsville, VA 22942-0276
Ph: 540-832-2233,   Fax: 540-832-2449