While traveling or shopping Williamson Road in Roanoke, you may have noticed a slate of “No Road Diet” signs and wondered what they mean. They have been installed in in response to the recent proposals to improve the corridor, and I wanted to take a moment to describe what is – and is not – a road diet.
I’m only now getting around to this news, but a few weeks ago the Williamson Road Improvement Committee organized by the Williamson Road Area Business Association approved conceptual improvements to the corridor that would add contiguous sidewalks, bike lanes, traffic circles, and other features.
Williamson Road in Roanoke is often called the city’s Main Street. The several-mile stretch that crosses from Roanoke City into Roanoke County and conenct’s Downtown Roanoke to Hollins University hold a huge diversity of businesses and crosses a large number of varied neighborhoods. It’s also in need of some TLC.