South Boston Town Council members are slated to hear a presentation on two proposed roundabouts at their work session meeting at 5:45 p.m. Monday. Council is set to meet at the Washington Coleman Community Center at 1927 Jeffress Blvd.
South Boston town manager Tom Raab is expected to share proposed traffic pattern changes in the downtown area to council. Raab said the proposed projects are a result of several studies, and the overall goal is to improve safety. The projects are part of the Virginia Department of Transportation Smart Scale funding program.
The first project proposes replacing the stop-controlled intersection of U.S. Highway 501 at Wilborn Avenue/Broad Street and Crescent Drive with a single-lane roundabout.
That would increase safety at the intersection by “eliminating the non-traditional configuration at the intersection,” according to the project proposal.
The second project proposes replacing the stop-controlled intersection of 501 at Main Street/ Broad Street and Wall Street and Factory Street with a single-lane roundabout, also for the purpose of enhancing safety at that intersection, where Raab said many accidents have occurred.
Both intersection improvement projects reflect the conversion of Main Street and Broad Street from one-way roadways to two-way roadways.
“We have seen people on those one-way streets coming the wrong way up the road. It’s scary,” Raab said. “I want to get away from this one-way traffic flow.”
Keeping tractor-trailers off Main Street is another reason the town manager cited for wanting to convert Broad Street and Main Street to two-way roadways. Under the proposed change in traffic pattern, Raab said Broad Street would be designated as Highway 501 in both directions, and any truck coming through town on Main Street without making a delivery in town would be subject to being ticketed.
Council also is expected to hear from current issues committee chairman Bob Hughes about the proposed amendments to town code regarding electronic skill games. The proposed amendments would define skill games to reflect state law and would allow skill games in all business districts in South Boston.
Two public hearings on the proposed amendments are scheduled: the first is Wednesday at the planning commission meeting, and the second is Oct. 5 at the next town council meeting.
Council is expected to take a vote on the proposed amendments following the public hearing at its Oct. 5 meeting. Previously at their Sept. 14 meeting, council members voted to pass along the proposed amendment on electronic skill games to the planning commission in a 5-1 vote, with councilman Bill Snead dissenting.
Hughes also is slated discuss with council appointments to the Halifax County South Boston Transportation Safety Committee. The terms of two committee members – Curtis Waskey and Charles Newby – will expire Oct. 31.
Also on the agenda are two items from the finance committee, chaired by Snead. Council is expected to hear the town’s financial report for the month of August and review the town’s CARES Act federal funding expenditures.