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UPDATE: Amazon has agreed to pay for the extra police officers used to direct traffic around the fulfillment center, according to Chesterfield Police Capt. Kevin Smith.

CHESTER, Va. (WTVR) - Traffic issues persist outside the Amazon fulfillment center in Chester. Long lines of cars could be seen waiting to get into the facility before sunrise Monday. Amazon adds extra staff in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and that has caused the back ups.

Last week some Amazon workers and their families spoke out about their traffic frustration. Over the weekend, that frustration spilled over to neighborhoods near the Amazon center.

Neighbor Issac Johnson told CBS 6 reporter Joe St. George traffic jams caused by Amazon workers can turn quick trips to the store into frustrating journeys. He said the traffic also made him worry about how emergency crews would get to him or even to Amazon in the event of a catastrophe.

In response to CBS 6 reports and complaints from neighbors, Chesterfield Police captain Kevin Smith said that beginning Monday night, more police would be assigned to help with traffic flow.

Smith said police planned to shut down lanes to get emergency crews through traffic if need be.

While Amazon had been paying off-duty officers to help ease traffic, the police working Monday night will do so at taxpayers' expense.

Pastor Michael Moore, whose church has been impacted by Amazon traffic, said while the traffic has been frustrating, the company is providing jobs to the area.

"This is a lot of complaining phone calls, but in two weeks this will be gone," he said.


  • Scott Salvant

    Why is it that people assume that ‘taxpayers’ are only individual citizens paying income taxes? Business pay taxes too, as well as provide direct and indirect jobs in the community. America has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, and large (and small!) companies bring a lot of income for state and local governments. Let’s not get petty about who’s footing a bill that is inconsequential in comparison to the waste of tax payer money that happens in many government offices. That should be the focus if we are really worried about how ‘taxpayer’ money is being spent. Thank you Amazon for bringing jobs and tax revenue to the greater Richmond area! (and no, I don’t work for amazon :-) )

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