- Learn more about VDOT safety countermeasure projects at new website.
- Keep track of reconfiguration projects with and make suggestions for interactive map.
FABB suggests that our supporters check out VDOT’s recently released a website with information on roadway reconfigurations. The site is a great resource and includes a brochure, case studies, and an interactive map highlighting projects around the state.
Roadway reconfiguration is a broad term that covers any striping change that alters a roadway’s layout. VDOT is clearly elevating the use of roadway reconfigurations as a means of improving safety using designs, such as road diets, that have been designated as a proven safety countermeasure by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
VDOT has completed at least 27 road diets that converted an existing four-lane, undivided roadway to a three-lane roadway consisting of two through lanes and a center, two-way left-turn lane and bike lanes or paved shoulders. These 4-3 conversion included an average crash reduction of 19 to 47 percent, reduced vehicle speed differential, improved mobility and access by all road users, and allowed reclaimed space to be allocated for other uses, such as turn lanes, bike lanes, bus lanes, pedestrian refuge islands, sidewalks, bus shelters, parking or landscaping.
You can learn more about road diets in the Virginia Transportation Research Council report,“How’s that Diet Working: Performance of Virginia Road Diets”
If you are interested in recent bike facility additions and other roadway reconfiguration projects around the county or developments across the state, check out this full-size interactive map. If you have candidate projects that require study or additional photographs you would like included on the map, you can send them to VDOT here.