Fix in works for Spotsylvania intersection
An intersection in Cosner’s Corner shopping center in Spotsylvania with an infamous safety reputation could finally get a fix—in the form of a stoplight.
But there’s a catch.
The Silver Cos. hasn’t been able to get all of the easements needed to erect the traffic light at the intersection of Spotsylvania Parkway and Latitude Street.
Silver developed the shopping center and owns the stretch of road where the intersection is.
Spotsylvania County resident John Bufalari says the issue should have been solved a long time ago.
He and his wife have been taking their children to child care in the center for four years. He said a week doesn’t pass without at least one near-crash at the intersection where drivers turn into the section of the center anchored by a Kohl’s department store.
“It’s like a Wild West intersection,” Bufalari said, explaining that it’s a confusing crossroad. “It’s every man for himself.”
He has pushed for something to be done at the intersection, but said progress has been painfully slow.
The intersection has two left-turn lanes going into the shopping center. The lanes used to be divided by plastic orange poles, which were constantly being run over. Now the poles completely block access to the inside turn lane.
That change was made at the request from the Virginia Department of Transportation, said Jud Honaker, Silver’s president of commercial development.
Bufalari said that change has made a world of difference.
But traffic lights are seen as the real solution, and it’s something Honaker said the company has been working on for more than two years.
First there were hurdles with soil and engineering issues, but the developer’s plan eventually was approved by VDOT.
Acquiring easements from adjoining landowners continues to be a problem. “There have been a couple property owners that have made it difficult,” Honaker said.
All but one owner has entered into agreements with the developer now, he said.
Honaker said he thinks they are closing in on an agreement, though.
But if a resolution isn’t reached soon, the county plans to step in and force one.
Spotsylvania Supervisor Gary Skinner said he hopes an agreement is reached, but said if one isn’t the county will condemn the property so the signals can be put up.
“That’s a public safety issue,” he said. “We’ve had multiple wrecks there.”
Honaker agreed, adding that the company has spent a lot of time and money trying to fix the situation.
“It needs to be done,” he said. “It will make the intersection safer.”
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