Area intersections under microscope

Posted: December 13, 2012

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — A local planning organization has selected 16 intersections for a study of conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians in the area.

The Winchester Frederick County Metropolitan Planning Organization, working with the transportation consulting firm Kittelson & Associates Inc., will evaluate 14 intersections in Winchester and two in Stephens City to find ways to improve safety.

The MPO’s Steering Committee, meeting Tuesday, agreed to study the selected intersections — which were chosen based on public comments received for several months, according to John Callow, a senior principal with Kittelson & Associates.

On Wednesday, MPO staff and committee members will begin observing the roads and distributing surveys to bicyclists and pedestrians — the results of which will be used by the MPO to create plans and recommendations for the city and county governments aimed at improving safety.

In Winchester, the intersections will be: Fairmont Avenue and Commercial Street; Fairmont, North and West North avenues; Amherst Street, Campus Boulevard and Merrimans Lane; Amherst and Boscawen streets; Braddock and Piccadilly streets; Braddock and Amherst streets; Braddock and Boscawen streets; National Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road; Pleasant Valley Road and Cork Street; Handley Boulevard, Braddock Street, and Valley and Millwood avenues; Cameron Street and Millwood Avenue; Jubal Early Drive and Valley Avenue; Pleasant Valley Road and Millwood Avenue; and Jubal Early Drive and Pleasant Valley Road.

The intersections in Stephens City are: Fairfax Pike (Va. 277) and Warrior Drive; and Fairfax Street and Main Street (U.S. 11).

Attending the meeting in the Frederick County Administration Building were members Tim Youmans, Charles DeHaven Jr., John Bishop, Brian Henshaw and Terry Short and staff members Martha Shickle and John Madera. Member John Willingham was absent.

— Contact Matt Armstrong atmarmstrong@winchesterstar.com