Some major road improvements are coming to the Westlake community in the next few years, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Turning lanes will be added to the intersection of Virginia 122 and Lost Mountain Road and at the entrance of Booker T. Washington National Monument, as well as a walking path.
The project recently was funded as part of VDOT’s Smart Scale funding. Improvements will include a northbound right turn lane for vehicles turning onto Lost Mountain Road and a southbound left turn lane for vehicles turning onto the road. At the entrance of Booker T. Washington National Monument, a southbound left turn lane will also be installed.
Based on data provided by VDOT, there were 20 crashes at the intersection between 2013 and 2017 — a majority of them were rear-end crashes.
Other improvements may include landscaped medians along the road between Halesford Baptist Church and Morewood Road, according to Lisa Cooper, principal planner for Franklin County.
She added the county may also install a gateway sign for drivers entering the Westlake community. “We would like to be able to put some signage at one of the medians welcoming people into the Westlake area,” she said.
A walking path will be installed from Halesford Baptist Church to sidewalks that are currently in place in front of Grand Home Furnishings Outlet. Cooper said plans have not been finalized if the path will be paved.
The path will be on the northbound side of Virginia 122 from the church to the entrance of Booker T. Washington National Monument where it will cross over to the southbound side and continue on to Grand Home Furnishings Outlet. A crosswalk with flashing lights are included in the plans, Cooper said.
The walking path is expected to connect to the site of the apartment complex planned behind CVS and the planned trail behind Westlake Towne Center that also will connect to Booker T. Washington National Monument, Cooper said.
While the project has been approved, it will still be several years before work begins. VDOT currently has construction scheduled to begin in December 2027.
The program was already used to fund future road improvements at the intersection of Hardy Road and Virginia 122, as well as a roundabout at the intersection of Burnt Chimney and Brooks Mill roads.