Traffic tickets given for traveling south on Commerce Street
CENTREVILLE — The two-way traffic switch-over began Oct. 24 in Centreville. Commerce Street has returned to a one-way only street that only travels north. For everyone’s safety, please abide by the one-way only direction, Project Manager Michael Whitehill reiterated in an interview this week. The issue is a real concern, and traffic tickets have been and will continue to be issued for traveling south on Commerce, he added.
The State Highway Administration has covered the traffic signals at Commerce and Water streets making it imperative for drivers to exercise caution when using that particular intersection. Centreville Police Chief Kenneth Rhodes said the Liberty Street intersections are currently being covered by Centreville Police Department during peak travel times, but resources are not available to fully cover all intersections in town.
Clifford “Kip” Matthews, director of Centreville Public Works, said the town had requested a flashing yellow on Water Street and flashing
red on Commerce, but SHA had declined to turn the lights operational at this point.
Liberty Street will accommodate two-way traffic, much as Commerce Street did during the first two phases of the town’s water and sewer project — the exception this time is Commerce Street will be open to northbound local traffic only. Local means residents living on Commerce Street and individuals working in town or arriving in town to patronize the businesses, Whitehill defined.
Businesses will continue to be open on Commerce Street with parking available on Commerce Street and upcoming events will not be affected, he said. All parking is restored on Commerce Street; residents and businesses will be notified if parking is restricted at any time while construction is taking place in front of their residence or business.
The best way to access points east of town (i.e. Acme, Kennard Elementary School) is to use Ridgeview Avenue, Church Lane and Fayette Street off of Liberty Street pending any restrictions on traffic based on the location of the construction crew, Whitehill said.
“Liberty Street is too narrow to accommodate turn lanes, therefore, we ask that everyone be patient and courteous, allowing drivers to make turning movements,” he said.
No right-hand turns by tractor and trailer trucks will be permitted from Water Street or Broadway onto Liberty Street, and, to allow for a safe turning radius, the four parking spaces located on Water Street between Liberty and Commerce streets have been removed.
Water Street will remain a two-way street and Lawyer’s Row will remain a one-way street, but will be restricted to right-hand turns only onto Liberty Street because of the two-way traffic on Liberty. Turns from the temporary parking lot located on the corner of Water Street and Liberty Street also will be restricted to righthand turns only onto Water Street.
The town’s parking lot located behind 105 N. Liberty Street will remain open, but vehicles exiting are restricted to right-hand turns only onto Liberty Street.
Phase 3 begins on South Commerce Street and will move north to approximately Lawyer’s Row, Whitehill said. As before, construction crews will make Commerce Street passable to residents and other local traffic after 5 p.m. Detours on Commerce Street are planned as construction takes place on the road, and residents and businesses will be notified prior to their direct area being affected. Notices will also continue to be posted to the town’s social media page and website.
Travelers are reminded to stop at all stop bars as it affects the timing of signal lights and not to block to intersections or driveways. Motorists are strongly encouraged to maintain their speed, especially on Commerce Street where signal lights are down, Whitehill said.
On Liberty Street in Centreville, traffic will now travel in two directions while Phase 3 of the town’s water and sewer project gets underway.
Parking lots and spaces are denoted on this map provided by the town.
Commerce Street is open only for northbound local traffic to reach businesses or homes on Commerce Street.