Improvements slated for Stribling, Catlett intersection

The Stribling and Catlett roads intersection will soon receive improvements. Instead of a roundabout, the intersection will now have an additional, right-hand/south-bound turn lane.

“We’ve been working with Neel-Schaffer on a couple of scenarios,” County Engineer Dan Gaillet said

Years ago, county officials considered connecting Stribling Road and Stribling Road extension. “At this point, it’s very expensive and it’s not really a viable option at this point because it doesn’t really achieve what we’re hoping to achieve, and that’s to get traffic over to the interstate,” Gaillet said.

Last year, another option was proposed that included turning the Catlett and Stribling intersection into a one-lane roundabout. Catlett runs north and south, while Stribling intersects Catlett from the west.

Multiple neighborhoods and families reside on Stribling, building up traffic in morning and afternoon hours at the intersection.  

“The roundabout was one of the things that came out of the Neel-Schaffer (2016 traffic) study… There’s another option, which at this point is the option we’re recommending. Neel-Schaffer suggested a right-turn channelized lane coming from Stribling onto Catlett to keep that traffic flowing.”

Gaillet said a family that resides near the intersection was also not informed of the plans for the roundabout and showed resistance to the idea, Gaillet said.

“What we’re recommending is to do the turn lane right, but we still have to do the engineering at this point.”

The county must begin work on the intersection sometime this year in order to make use of funds from a $15 million bond issued three years ago.

“We’re sensitive to the fact that we have to spend money by the end of the year,” he said. “We’re on a tight time frame, but we’ve got the right team to get (the project) designed, and there may be a little right-of-way acquisition we have to go through…”

The roundabout, according to Gaillet, would have cost $750,000. The right-hand turn lane will cost $400,000.

 

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