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The N. Franklin Street Corridor Improvements Project is designed to improve traffic flow and safety along N. Franklin Street, while also increasing accessibility for pedestrians. The project includes ramp modifications to Route 460-Business, traffic signal modifications, access management and pedestrian enhancements, new turn lanes, sidewalks, bike lanes, street lighting and signalized crosswalks.
The project will create a new traffic pattern by realigning the intersection of Cambria Street and N. Franklin Street. As shown in the image below, the exit from US-460 Business will be removed from the existing N. Franklin Street and Cambria Street intersection. A traffic signal will integrate traffic from US-460 Business with traffic exiting the US-460 Bypass prior to reaching the intersection of Cambria Street and N. Franklin Street. The project will also replace several entrances onto N. Franklin with a signal-controlled entrance near Patricks Way and Oak Tree Boulevard. This will also provide access to a new, Town-maintained service road that aligns with Oak Tree Boulevard and extends between the Food Lion Shopping Center and the Christiansburg Recreation Center. Sidewalks will be built along both sides of N. Franklin Street. Sidewalks on the east side of N. Franklin will connect to the sidewalks at Independence Boulevard and sidewalks on the west side will connect with the Huckleberry Trail.
Construction, which is handled by the Town’s contractor Alleghney Construction Company, Inc., began in early June 2019. Work will require lane closures, and possible detours, that may cause delays to through-traffic. Most construction is expected to be undertaken during the day, but access to businesses will be maintained.
Construction is expected to last to early summer of 2020.
In total, the project will cost about $8.5 million, of which the Town will contribute $12,968. The balance will be covered by Smart Scale funding ($7.8 million) and VDOT’s Urban Funds program ($634,414).
If you have questions about this project, please contact Wayne Nelson, Engineering Director for the Town of Christiansburg, at (540) 382-6120, ext. 1147 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To receive updates on the project throughout the next year – including road closures or traffic pattern changes – please email email@example.com to be added to our notification contact list for this project.
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