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The 11 Henrico and Chesterfield intersections VDOT wants to make safer

RICHMOND, Va -  VDOT is working on proposals to implement pedestrian improvements at 11 busy intersections in Henrico and Chesterfield County.  From now until September 29, officials are asking residents for their input on the project.

The plan calls for installing a combination of crosswalks, push buttons, and pedestrian signals in order to make crossing the intersections safer.  The exact pedestrian accommodations would vary with each intersection, depending on the needs for each one and how much money can be devoted to the project.

These Henrico intersections would be improved

These Henrico intersections would be improved

In Henrico:

  • Patterson Ave. and Gaskins Rd.
  • Gaskins Rd. and Gayton Rd.
  • Gaskins Rd. and Quioccasin Rd.
  • Quioccasin Rd. and Pemberton Rd.
  • Lakeside Ave. and Hillard Rd.
  • W. Broad St. and Pouncey Tract Rd.
  • W.  Broad St. and Gayton Rd.
  • Mechanicsville Tnpk. and Laburnum Ave.

In Chesterfield:

  • Genito Rd. and Brandermill Pkwy.
  • N. Woolridge Rd. and Coalfield Rd.
  • N. Woolridge Rd. and Charter Colony Pkwy.
These Chesterfield intersections would be improved

These Chesterfield intersections would be improved

VDOT said they were strategic in choosing which intersections to work on.  Most of the 11 sites are near newly bustling residential or business areas.

The project is only a proposal as of right now.  VDOT wants to know whether or not they should hold public hearings.  Officials are asking residents to contact project manager Cynthia Crouch about scheduling public hearings.

This phase of the public input period will run through September 29.

Scott Metlon has worked at the auto parts store on the corner of Pouncey Tract and Broad for 34 years, so he's seen the area change dramatically.  Melton said safer crossings for pedestrians could mean more business.  He thinks the improvements are needed, and even watched a man struggle to cross Broad St. earlier this week.

"I don't know if you can stand in one place and see all the signals and know if it's safe to cross or not," said Melton.

If no public hearing is requested, VDOT said they will move forward with a more detailed study of what to do at each intersection.  They said no construction would begin without notifying the public first.