Truck Turnaround

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

Residents believe the turnaround is definitely needed, they just don't like its location.

"I don't think it’s a good place for trucks to turn around," said Norma Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald is the aunt of a man killed in an accident involving a tractor-trailer on Rt. 11 near the truck stop almost a year ago. She says the current place used for trucks to turn around will cause the death of someone else.

"I think they need to have a better place,” said Fitzgerald. "It's not wide enough and there is a stop sign there and a lot of them don't stop."

Yesterday, the Commonwealth Transportation Board approved money to grade and pave the truck turnaround on Rt. 11 just south of the truck stop. The turnaround is used by many truckers who miss the entrance to pilot. Some of them say you can easily miss the entrance.

"I came in on 340 going west," said trucker Don McCullick. "I never been here before and I looked to my left and there was the Pilot so I thought you had to turn left to pull into it."

Other truckers say if there were better signs they would not need the truck turnaround.

"When you come off the interstate, if you are watching and paying attention to what you are doing it's sufficient," said Joe Danish. "But at night, they really need to have something out there that is lighted and going to catch your attention, something that somebody will see."

The Virginia Department of Transportation owns the land and despite the complaints of some residents, VDOT felt it was the best spot for the turnaround.

"It's almost built like a turn around right now," said Eric Gordan of VDOT. "It just worked out that this was the best spot and it's a lot of space here for it to be turnaround and it's not to dark away."

VDOT officials say the money will also be used to do some drainage work.

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