September 28, 2007
Talk about the first traffic light going up in Fluvanna County has created quite a stir around Lake Monticello.
The Board of Supervisors asked VDOT officials to study the intersection of Slice Road and South Boston Road.
Currently 12,000 people live at Lake Monticello, and development in that area is only growing, and so are safety concerns.
"We're seeing increasing traffic volumes on rural roads that often were not designed to handle high traffic volumes and some of the higher speeds that we see today," said Lou Hatter, with VDOT.
According to VDOT, the average daily traffic on Route 618 was around 2300 cars back in 2001, just five years later that number has almost doubled.
"Certainly we do look at those roads continuously to assess whether or not there's anything we can do to make them safer for people who are using them," said Hatter.
In the near future development will bring new homes and businesses, including a CVS Pharmacy.
But many who live around the lake tell county officials they don't believe a traffic light is necessary.
"It's kind of a symbol of our rural nature. We are faced with a situation at this intersection for a number of reasons to have some some kind of control over this intersection," said County Supervisor, Gene Ott.
County supervisors say whether they like it or not, they have no choice but to give VDOT the green light on a traffic signal.
Ott said, "VDOT's responsibility is to determine if there's a safety hazard at an intersection and when they determine that, there will be a light."