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Posted on: February 26, 2019

Falling Branch Intersection Improvements Project will cause temporary lane closures on Roanoke St.

Orange "road work ahead" sign

Work will begin the week of Feb. 25 on the Falling Branch Intersection Improvements Project, which will consolidate shopping center entrances and add a traffic signal at this intersection on Roanoke Street. The purpose of this project is to improve safety and traffic flow in this area.

Construction is expected to continue through fall 2019, with final completion of the project scheduled by the end of the year. During this time, there will be temporary lane closures, but there is no anticipated need for detours, as traffic should be able to navigate through the intersection throughout construction. Work will mainly occur Monday through Friday during daytime hours, but there may be weekend work as needed. 

Contracted crews will make every effort to minimize the impact of construction, and when lane closures are in place, there will be appropriate signage or flagging operations as needed. As always, please drive carefully through the work zone. 

Falling Branch IntersectionThe project will replace the two existing entrances to the Gateway Plaza Shopping Center off of Roanoke Street with a new entrance that aligns with Falling Branch Road Southeast. It will also add a dedicated turn lane on Roanoke Street for vehicles entering the shopping center. Additionally, the project will add a traffic signal, storm drainage, sidewalks, curb and gutter, and street lighting improvements. 

The new intersection will help support future private development of two parcels adjacent to the access drive. The new intersection will also support the Emergency Services Building planned for the vacant Town-owned property located between Dude’s Drive-In and Danny’s Pawn Shop. 

The Falling Branch Intersection Improvements Project contract was awarded to SC Rossi Construction in the amount of $1,837,967. The project will be partially funded through VDOT’s Revenue Sharing 50% matching-fund program, which amounts to a match of $678,350. The Gateway Plaza property owner is also contributing $150,000 toward the project. 

The Town has received separate VDOT funding for the future extension of a sidewalk along the north side of Roanoke Street from the new signalized Falling Branch intersection to Hubble Drive. The sidewalk extension project is currently in the early design phase. 

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