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Posted on: May 8, 2018

Press Release - For Immediate Release

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Press Release
For Immediate Release
May 8, 2018

There will be a change in the timing of the traffic signal at the intersection of Hardy Road (Rt. 24) and Vinyard Road. The change is planned to start at 9:00 AM on Thursday, May 17, 2018, and is expected to take less than two hours. During the adjustment, the signals will be in flash mode and there are to be police and temporary traffic control on site. Signs alerting of the phase timing change will be posted at the time of the change on both Vinyard Road approaches and remain in place for about a week.

The Town of Vinton contracted the services of Hurt & Proffitt to perform a study and find improvements to the intersection of Hardy Road and Vinyard Road. This intersection gets very busy at times and can be frustrating to drivers that commonly traverse this route, as well as those that go through less often. The study provided ideas for solutions that may alleviate the frustration. The option chosen is expected to have the greatest benefit, is less costly and quicker to implement. It involves the adjustment of the timing of the signal. There are many signalized 4-way intersections (particularly along the 460 corridor) that have "split phasing" in which the cross streets alternate green. Rather than being green for both approaches at the same time (concurrent), one approach at a time has green (consecutive).

This change will be applied to Vinyard Road in such a way that when one approach of Vinyard is green, the opposite approach is red, and both approaches of Hardy Road is red. This phasing will have little effect on those traveling on Hardy Road. While there may be some increase in wait times, overall the change is expected to enhance the functionality of the intersection.

Please be aware, be safe, and remember to use your turn signals.

If there are any questions please contact Joey Hiner at the Vinton Public Works Department at (540) 983-0646.

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