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On intersection input

The process that began with the commissioned study regarding the troubled intersection at Oak and High streets and Griffin Boulevard to the public hearing set for Oct. 18 is one that’s to be commended.

The process, though, is at a crucial point in its lifespan, and that’s where you come in.

The public hearing regarding the options the town is considering — realigning the intersection, doing nothing or constructing a roundabout, the latter of which has been recommended by engineers — is when the comments regarding the opinion of the options will be a matter of record, and the first official public hearing held by the town council.

Members of the governing body will take these comments into consideration when making a decision, which I hope they won’t tarry with. I think that intersection needs work, and I think many agree with me. That intersection is a gateway to Farmville for many from various parts of the state, including those who live in the Heart of Virginia who come to Farmville to visit, enjoy the business and amenities the town offers and  help strengthen the economic hub of the region.

Now is the time to step up if you have an opinion about the intersection and what should be done to fix it. That’s the sole purpose of the public hearing. It’s your opportunity to offer your thoughts, feelings and recommendations on the matter.

Prior to the 7 p.m. hearing will be a community meeting where residents and those interested can view conceptual graphics and speak with project engineers one on one.

I encourage those who haven’t followed the project closely to come learn about the options being considered. An educated opinion is better than one purely based on emotion.

Though The Herald has endorsed the roundabout, it’s important that you, as someone who travels through the intersection and has a vested interest in the community, make your voice heard to those who’ll make the decision as to whether to choose a traditional realignment, a roundabout or to leave the intersection as is.

JORDAN MILES is managing editor of The Farmville Herald and Farmville Newsmedia LLC. His email address is Jordan.Miles@FarmvilleHerald.com.