Is traffic becoming more and more of a problem in Floyd?
While the backups are nowhere near the problems of, say, Northern Virginia, the load of cars on the streets of a one-stoplight town is one the rise.
I set up video at the intersection of U.S. 221 and Virginia Rte. 8 in Floyd Tuesday. It wasn’t rush hour, just a normal Tuesday afternoon. The various scenes were filmed over a 30-45 minute period starting before 5 p.m. Rush hour (if one exists in Floyd) generally starts around 6 p.m. when those working in the Roanoke and New River Valleys arrive back in Floyd on their way home (according to studies compiled by the Virginia Department of Transportation).
Heavier traffic also exists from 3:30 to 4:30 when schools in Floyd are letting out. I looked for a time when traffic was not at its afternoon peaks.
More traffic than in the past? You make the call.