Comment on VDOT Batesville Truck Restriction Decision

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New signage on Rt 250 suggesting that truck drivers avoid Plank Road through Batesville, erected in September 2023. (Photo: Lisa Martin)

Batesville residents have been working diligently with local and state officials over the past year to convince the Virginia Department of Transportation to impose a through-truck traffic restriction on big trucks barreling through their burg on Plank Road. In September they achieved a small victory with the posting of two new signs at the Rt. 29 (east) and Rt. 250 (west) intersections of Plank Road advising drivers that, contrary to their GPS instructions, Plank is not a good option for trucks. 

Read the Gazette’s coverage of the community’s efforts in the April 2023 and September 2023 issues. 

Now, VDOT is nearing its decision on the full restriction and is soliciting comments from the public by February 20, 2024. If you would like to contribute a comment, please send it to: VDOT, Charlottesville Resident Engineer, 701 VDOT Way, Charlottesville, VA 22911, or by email to: [email protected], and put “Plank Road Truck Restriction” in the email subject line. 

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Lisa Martin joined the Gazette in 2017 and writes about education and local government. She also writes in-depth pieces about division-wide education issues and broader investigative pieces on topics from recycling to development to living with wildlife. Her Coyotes in Crozet story won a 2017 Virginia Press Association “Best in Show” award for the Gazette. Martin has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, taught college for several years, and writes fiction and poetry. She co-authored a children’s trilogy about two adventuring cats, the Anton and Cecil series, which got rave reviews from the New York Times Book Review, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly and others.

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