Plans Show Roundabout Will Be Built Then Razed And Replaced At a Later Date
Yes, that’s the plan for the Southern Collector roundabout – build it, destroy it and then rebuild it at taxpayer expense ninety-four feet west of the original location. As seen in the Town of Purcellville’s drawing on this page, which will be given out at the mandatory Southern Collector Road (SCR) pre-bidders conference on February 7, 2012 at the Town Hall, the original roundabout, which is currently being constructed by the developer of the Purcellville Gateway Project, is located below (east of) the final roundabout. The original roundabout will be proffered (at no charge to the Town) while the second one will be built with taxpayer money.
Not only will the original roundabout be demolished, but much of the concrete and asphalt road work being constructed will be modified and/or demolished. The invitation for bid puts it mildly by saying “The project also includes the reconstruction and widening of a roundabout at the intersection of East Main Street and Berlin Turnpike. ..” The drawing clearly shows that the original roundabout has to be completely demolished, resized and moved in the final plan. The work also extends across Main Street into the Gateway Project with lane widening, median demolition and reconstruction.
So why is this happening? Perhaps some insight into the problem comes from a Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) e-mail dated May 25, 2011. In the e-mail a VDOT official discusses the two roundabout situations with another VDOT official … “The developer has a proffer to construct a single lane roundabout at the existing intersection. The way the proffer is written it must be construction and can not be money paid to the Town.” “… Issue The Town believes that the developer is close to being ready to construct the one lane roundabout at the existing intersection. Their concern is that the SCR construction is potentially a year out. Therefore, the roundabout will get constructed and then ripped out a year later for another, just to the west. As you can imagine there is some concern with public perception on this.” … “Does VDOT have a concern about building a roundabout (through permit) and it being removed a short time later?”
The answer from the other official was: “Yes, I would think it would be bad public perception for the developer to build a roundabout and then have the Town rip it out a year later. I would think every effort should be made by the Town to prevent this.”
The Town has apparently ignored the advice from VDOT and decided to go ahead anyway. After all, it’s only money.