Gilberts Corner, Virginia

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Gilberts Corner, Virginia
Unincorporated area
Gilberts Corner, Virginia is located in Virginia
Gilberts Corner, Virginia
Gilberts Corner, Virginia
Location within the Commonwealth of Virginia
Coordinates: 38°58′8″N 77°37′21″W / 38.96889°N 77.62250°W / 38.96889; -77.62250Coordinates: 38°58′8″N 77°37′21″W / 38.96889°N 77.62250°W / 38.96889; -77.62250
Country  United States of America
State  Virginia
County Loudoun
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Gilberts Corner is an unincorporated area at the intersection of U.S. Route 50 and U.S. Route 15 in Loudoun County, Virginia to the east of Aldie.

There are no residences at this intersection, however, its name is attributed to the surrounding area. Gilberts Corner is named after the gas station/restaurant that sits at the northeast quadrant of the crossroads. It gained prominence in the 1920s when the Carolina Road (now Watson Road) was a toll road and U.S. Route 15 was extended south from Leesburg to U.S. Route 50. Due to increased traffic from toll evaders, U.S. Route 15 eventually was extended even further south. The gas station/restaurant closed in the 1980s and is now abandoned. Due to heavy traffic in the area, many commuters avoided the intersection altogether by going through Lenah and taking U.S. Route 15 south. The South Riding community approximately 5 miles to the east on U.S Route 50.

Traffic Improvements[edit]

On May 1, 2008, Sen. John Warner, Congressman Frank Wolf, and Supervisor Jim Burton attended a groundbreaking ceremony that is launching an improvement of the intersection. As part of a traffic calming initiative suggested by the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) and the Route 50 Traffic Planning Task Force, the suggestion was made to replace the signalized intersection with several roundabouts.

As of May 2008, a connector road to the east of Gilbert's Corner on Route 50 was being constructed to intersect Route 15 south of the existing intersection. Roundabouts were to be used rather than traffic lights.

In fall 2008, the main intersection itself was to be turned into a roundabout, and traffic lights removed. After this, traffic calming was to occur in Aldie, with the road being narrowed in order to slow down traffic. All work was supposed to be complete by Fall 2009.[1]

The PEC reports its involvement in the planning, construction, and improvement to the roundabout,[2] in particular, its taking ownership of a 141- acre farm property and selling a nearby 68-acre property to the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA).[3]

In September 2013, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced changes to be made in the roundabout to address a high number of crashes caused by speeding.[4][5] By November 2013, VDOT adjusted curb lines, markings and signs, and created a single lane on all approaches from routes 15 and 50.[6]

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration cited the Gilberts Corner Roundabout in its Livability in Transportation Guidebook: Planning Approaches that Promote Livability:[7]

"Outcomes and Results

"The traffic calming plan was adopted by the Middleburg Town Council and the Loudoun and Fauquier County Board of Supervisors in 1997, and was recognized by the ITE President’s Award for Excellence. The following year, Virginia Senator John Warner secured $13 million in congressional funding for the traffic calming demonstration project under the Federal TEA-21 transportation bill. In 2000, a second round of planning and design began with VDOT and the Route 50 Corridor Coalition working together in the Route 50 Traffic Calming Task Force. The Task Force is responsible for overseeing the plan’s implementation as it goes through project development, final design, and construction. A design memorandum was produced in 2003, followed by full construction design documents. Project construction began in 2007, with various elements of the project completed and some underway.

"Lessons Learned

"Roundabouts were used to address traffic congestion and safety at key intersections such as Route 50 and Route 15 at Gilberts Corner. The use of roundabouts prevented excess widening typically required for turn lanes at conventional intersections and improved traffic flow and safety while reducing speeds. Instead of focusing traffic movements on a single intersection, the Gilberts Corner design added three roundabouts: one at the primary intersection point of Routes 15 and 50, and two others connecting a new roadway between these roads that accommodated movements between the south and east directions... This was the first time that VDOT applied traffic calming to a primary State highway..."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Work Begins on Gilberts Corner Roundabouts". Leesburg Today. 5 May 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bringing Transportation Planning Land Conservation Together at Gilberts Corner: 1994 to 2014". Piedmont Environment Council. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Conservation Milestone at Gilberts Corner". Piedmont Environmental Council. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Changes Coming to Gilberts Corner Roundabout". VDOT. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "VDOT Plans For Gilbert’s Corner Roundabout Changes". Leesburg Today. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Gilberts Corner Improvements Complete". VDOT. 
  7. ^ a b "Livability in Transportation Guidebook: Planning Approaches that Promote Livability". U.S. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 

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