Friday Column Reprise
Note from Dan: While I’m on vacation I’m treating you to oldie-but-goodie columns from the past. This one orginally appeared Nov. 20, 2o11, and it was follow-up to a May 5, 2009 effort.Meanwhile, the first traffic circle in Roanoke (it’s in the Southeast quadrant, where Riverland Avenue meets Bennington Street and Mount Pleasant Boulevard) should be open next year.
More than two years ago in this space, there was a column headlined, “Meet me at the corner of gridlock and dysfunction.”
It was about one of the most (at that time) head-scratching and maddening intersections in Roanoke: Aviation Drive at Towne Square Boulevard, near the entrance to Roanoke Regional Airport.
Today, that crossroads stands as a jewel of common-sense and appropriate traffic engineering. A new signal and a new egress from Towne Square Boulevard has made all the difference in the world.
Monday, Mayor David Bowers will hold a news conference and dedication there. Normally a news conference for a new traffic light would be a stretch, even for him.
But not in this case. This may be the most significant Roanoke street improvement in the past two decades.
Allow me to take you back to just a couple of months ago, when Towne Square Boulevard was a one-way exit off Aviation Drive.
READ THE REST OF THIS COLUMN HERE.