Regional Traffic Congestion Spots – Part 2

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Regional Traffic Congestion Spots – Part 2

This is the second in our series of blog posts concerning regional traffic congestion spots.  The first can be found here.  This is your opportunity to provide feedback concerning traffic congestion in the region.

Regional planners are working on the region’s first ever Congestion Management Process (CMP) Plan; the Plan is a new Federal requirement because Roanoke’s urbanized area went over 200,000 in population.

This new requirement is an opportunity to try to get a handle on congestion before it gets really irritating.  If the region is successful, 20 years from now residents will still feel that congestion isn’t that bad in Roanoke.

Staff has been taking “congestion snapshots” using Google Traffic in the morning, lunch, early afternoon (first shift) and afternoon (rush hour) for several months.  The three images presented here are congestion spots that recur on multiple occasions: 1) Downtown Roanoke, Elm Avenue, I-581 and US 220, 2) Hollins Area including Plantation, Williamson and Peter’s Creek Roads, and 3) Salem – W and E Main Street.  Please tell us how you would address traffic congestion in these locations.  Would you increase public transit service, build more roads, use technology such as coordinated signals, add park and ride lots for carpooling, vanpooling, or express bus service, or a combination of the above approaches.  Please use the comment box at the bottom of this blog to tell us what you would do!

This is your chance to provide input and to help the region get a handle on congestion before it is a problem.  If the Roanoke Valley is successful, the triumph will be congestion problems that do not occur in the future.  Help the region be an unsung hero with regards to congestion by providing your input today so we can all avoid congestion tomorrow.

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5 thoughts on “Regional Traffic Congestion Spots – Part 2

  1. I think Roanoke needs to promote other forms of transportation, like biking to work or to events downtown. Some companies already support biking, but would be great if more did.

  2. Cathy, thank you for your feedback. We are hoping to have a chapter of the plan focused on non-motorized transportation options and their ability to substitute for single-occupancy motorized vehicle travel when feasible. Our goal is to have the plan complete in October. This blog series and your comments are helping us along.

  3. Mark,

    I think the key to addressing these areas, the areas listed, and other areas to be noted in future blogs is to find the drivers for these spots of congestion. If it is sun in the morning or afternoon, then not much will help. If it’s a spot where the lanes bottleneck, then additional capacity would work. Different root causes call for different solutions.

    I also agree with Kathy about implementing non-motorized solutions, assuming that would be a realistic option. I have a hard time riding to work in NOVA because of the lack of “safe” places to ride, and the lack of shower facilities at many of the offices where I work.

    Non-traditional approaches will work if you can get community buy in. Good luck with your project.

  4. Aaron, thanks for engaging in the conversation. We are planning to do some follow-up fieldwork in the fall to help uncover some of the root causes. Also, the lack of shower facilities have loomed large since I’ve been a planner. Our partners here at RIDE Solutions http://ridesolutions.org/commuters/bike-walk/ have been engaged. The cost of actual plumbing often get’s in the way for even the most well meaning workplaces. We have a changing room (no shower) and that works well enough for a couple of staff members to bike to work once a week or so.

  5. Pingback: What type of congestion irritates you the most? | RIDE Solutions

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