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The Virginia Department of Transportation held a public hearing at LaFayette High School Tuesday to unveil plans for the widening of Longhill Road and the reconfiguration of several intersections.
Dozens of residents attended the crowded hearing. The proposed infrastructure project is expected to expand 0.7 miles of Longhill Road between Buford Road and the Humelsine Parkway to a four-lane divided highway.
According to preliminary plans, the intersection of Longhill Road and Williamsburg Plantation Drive will be entirely reconfigured into a roundabout. The intersection of Old Towne Road and Longhill Road will also be expanded to include extra turn lanes.
The proposal also calls for the addition of a multi-purpose trail, crosswalks, bus pull-off areas, and other improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists.
According to a VDOT project pamphlet distributed at the meeting, traffic will be maintained with a minimum of a single lane in each direction throughout the project duration and access will be maintained for local businesses and residences during construction.
James City County Administrator Bryan Hill expressed his satisfaction with the project plans and design. According to VDOT, the project won’t cost James City County a dime, as it will be completely funded by state and federal funds.
“We have traffic problems here,” Hill said. “We’re trying to find solutions to the traffic woes in James City County. Anything we can do to get traffic moving in James City County is a benefit to our residents.”
VDOT has agreed to release a full project proposal, including graphics and videos of the proposed project, which will be published in full by WYDaily upon release.