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New roundabout to reduce crashes at Richmond’s Six Points under construction

New roundabout to reduce crashes at Richmond’s Six Points under construction
Posted at 6:58 PM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-04 18:58:36-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- For the next few months drivers will need to slow down around the city's Six Points as crews work on the construction for a new roundabout.

Workers began replacing the traffic lights Monday at the busy intersection of Brookland Park Blvd., Meadowbridge Rd., 2nd St. and Dill Ave., known as Six Points, according to the Richmond Department of Public Works.

Crews will also put in new landscaped islands, cross walks, handicap ramps and new signage at Six Points, the department said. Through May drivers can expect intermittent lane closures along Brookland Park Blvd. as the construction continues.

The city expects the $1.2 Million project, funded by state and federal dollars, to take between four and six months to finish, depending on weather.

The roundabout will make the intersection much safer for pedestrians and drivers, the department said. In the past three years, five accidents have been reported at the Six Points intersection, according to the department.

Experts said roundabouts can reduce fatal accidents by as much as 90 percent and have been proven to reduce the number of vehicle and pedestrian accidents.