Proposed Roundabout Pits Counties Against Each Other

A proposed roundabout at an intersection splitting Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Northern Virginia is pitting residents and organizations against one another.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is proposing replacing the four-way stop at Braddock Road and Pleasant Valley Road in Centreville, Va. with a roundabout.

The intersection, close to Cox Farms, got a failing grade from traffic engineers. Some say a roundabout would shift heavy traffic coming from Loudoun County into Fairfax County, causing more problems than it solves.

"Putting a roundabout here is really just going to push the traffic problem elsewhere. I'm saying at the moment, the do-nothing option is the better option."

Others mentioned the increase in accidents at new roundabouts at Gilberts Corner, Va. 

VDOT is hosting a public meeting regarding the roundabout Wednesday, Oct. 9, starting at 6 p.m. at Stone Middle School, 5500 Sully Park Drive in Centreville.

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