Westover Drive Lane Study
Why is Westover Drive Being Studied?
The City of Danville is exploring options to create a more multimodal environment along Westover Drive, including potentially reconfiguring the four-lane portion to more closely match the eastern section with two vehicle travel lanes (one in each direction) and on-street bicycle lanes.
EPR, P.C. conducted a feasibility study to examine options for reconfiguring the current four-lane configuration to provide higher quality facilities for non-auto modes, focusing on bicycle facilities.
What are the issues?
Westover Drive (State Route 51) in the City of Danville, VA is an east-west road linking the US 58 (Martinsville Highway/Danville Expressway) interchange with US 311 (Berry Hill Road) at the western city edge to the regional retail area with the Riverside Shopping Center and other businesses along Riverside Drive between Piedmont Drive and Central Boulevard. Westover Drive runs parallel to Riverside Drive (US 58 Business), a median-separated 55 mph principal arterial carrying roughly 13,000 vehicles per day. In contrast, Westover Drive carries between 2,200 and 8,100 vehicles per day, providing access to a few small commercial establishments and residences located along and just off of Westover Drive.
The roughly two-mile eastern portion of Westover Drive from the regional retail area to Capri Court/ Wade Street (Charlie’s Stop & Shop and Buxton’s Westover Garage) is a 35 mph facility with on-street bicycle lanes and two vehicle travel lanes (one lane in each direction). The roughly four-mile western portion of Westover Drive from Capri Court/ Wade Street to the US 58 & US 311 interchange has a 40 mph posted speed limit with four vehicle travel lanes and shared lane markings (sharrows) in the curbside lanes.
WHAT WILL THIS STUDY DO?
This study will identify improvements to improve safety, better manage access, and address operational issues.
A Public Information Meeting was held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Park Avenue Elementary School located at 661 Park Avenue, Danville, VA 24541.