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.