Virtual meeting Thursday on VDOT’s Salem Church Road plan

by | May 18, 2024 | Ted Schubel, Traffic

VDOT and Spotsylvania County, is studying safety issues for motorists, bicyclists, bus riders, and pedestrians along 1.5 miles of Salem Church Road between the Route 3 and Harrison Road intersections. The study also examines traffic congestion and access spacing.

This study is part of VDOT’s Strategically Targeted and Affordable Roadway Solutions (STARS) program. Through the program, VDOT planners and engineers work with local planners and stakeholders to address critical safety and traffic congestion challenges at key locations in Virginia.

Public comment was sought at the beginning of the Salem Church Road study in fall 2023 to learn more about traveler experiences. Draft study recommendations for potential projects are now being presented in spring 2024 for public comment before the study report is finalized by summer 2024.

The study does not set construction dates for any improvements. The purpose of this study is to develop proposed improvements that the locality can pursue for funding, such as through Virginia’s SMART SCALE program, and to consider including in its comprehensive plan.

Virtual Citizen Information Meeting: May 23

VDOT and Spotsylvania will hold a virtual public meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, to share potential future road, bicyclist, and pedestrian improvements recommended by the transportation study of Salem Church Road.

Click the link below at 7 p.m. on May 23 to join the virtual meeting:

Link to Join Virtual Meeting

To join the virtual meeting by phone, call 415-655-0052, and use access code 641-803-179.

The meeting video recording and PDF presentation will be posted online at this project page.

Comments on draft study recommendations can be provided through June 10, 2024:

  • At the virtual meeting
  • Email comments to [email protected]
  • Fill out an online survey (the online survey link will be available starting May 23)
  • Mail comments to Ms. Linda LaSut, Virginia Department of Transportation, 87 Deacon Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22405


  • Review road’s current safety conditions
  • Review road’s operational conditions
  • Develop potential safety and operational improvement, with cost estimated for preferred alternatives
  • Locality can choose to pursue proposed improvements for funding, such as through Virginia’s SMART SCALE program.
  • Locality can consider including proposed improvements in its comprehensive plan

Major milestones

  • Work on this study began in summer 2023 and will conclude in summer 2024
  • Two online surveys will be conducted as part of this study
  • A survey was offered at the beginning of the study, from Sept. 22 through Oct. 6, 2023
  • A survey will be offered again May 23-June 3, 2024. The link to the study will be posted here on May 23, 2024


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