Project would construct a roundabout at intersection

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a public hearing to discuss a project to improve safety at the intersection of Route 834 (Brooks Mill Road) and Route 670 (Burnt Chimney Road) in Franklin County.

The hearing will be held Tuesday, July 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Burnt Chimney Elementary School, 80 Burnt Chimney Road in Wirtz.

The design public hearing will provide an opportunity for citizens or organizations to give input on the project and will be held in an “open-house” format with no formal presentation given. VDOT representatives will be present to discuss the project and answer questions.

The project would improve safety and traffic flow at the Route 834 and Route 670 intersection by constructing a roundabout, realigning the roadway to provide better sight distances and providing better access management for development.

The new roundabout would be a physical measure that would reduce the risk of angle collisions, minimize the risk of vehicles failing to stop and help improve operations as vehicles proceed more efficiently through the intersection.

Comments about the project may be submitted at the hearing or until Aug. 9 to C.E. Cumbie, Project Manager, 731 Harrison Avenue, Salem, VA 24153. Comments also can be emailed to Please reference “Route 834 and Route 670 Roundabout – Franklin County” in the subject heading.

Anyone requiring special assistance to attend and participate in this meeting may contact C.E. Cumbie at 540-387-5353, 800-367-7623 or TTY/TDD 711.

One thought on “VDOT to hold public hearing on safety at Burnt Chimney intersection

  1. I am totally against roundabouts. I don’t see where people think they are “safer”. People who don’t pay attention or think it’s “their turn” to enter a roundabout without the proper etiquette causes near misses or accidents. I was at the new roundabout last week and nearly go hit by a tractor trailer because he failed to yield at the sign in his lane. If people are confused or ignore a 4 way stop sign, what do you think they will do in a roundabout? The accidents that have occurred rt834 and rt670 was caused by human error, not because they “couldn’t see” other traffic. I am only aware of 1 (non injury) accident since the 4 way had been installed. I disagree about traffic proceeding more efficiently and sight distance when in a roundabout,. When you’re in a roundabout you are constantly monitoring traffic entering, in lane to enter or someone in the circle and it’s hard to have a 360 degree view of all traffic . Where as at a 4way stop you have time to look all 4 ways before proceeding. I hope you will reconsider the idea of a roundabout at this intersection, instead of causing more headaches that what you think we have now.

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