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A series of rumble strips installed on Route 5 are set to be removed as early as next week, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Rossie Carroll, VDOT’s Williamsburg Residency Administrator, said traffic engineers are currently designing an alternative to the rumble strips, which would be implemented after the strips are removed.
The rumble strips are located near the intersection of Route 5 and Greensprings Road.
Residents, speaking at James City County Board of Supervisors meetings, have complained about the noise produced when cars drive over the rumble strips, which they say can be heard in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Carroll said he has heard the noise as well.
“It creates noise as people go across those rumble strips, so we’re taking them out,” Carroll said.
One resident, William Lottrell, told the board in January that he hears cars on the strips when he puts his children to bed and when he tries to sleep himself, often waking up to the noise before his alarm goes off.
“There must be something that doesn’t take away from our peacefulness,” Lottrell said.
During the board’s budget retreat last month, Supervisor Ruth Larson (Berkeley) expressed concern about the strips’ effectiveness as a traffic safety measure, noting that crossing the strips “didn’t do anything to her driving pattern.”
“That’s a third or fourth step measure. I’m concerned that the other ones weren’t done,” Larson said. “I think it’s going to bring us back to opening that discussion about that intersection.”
Carroll said more information about an alternative will be available after traffic engineers complete a report.