Richmond City Council blocks Laburnum roundabout

Posted by Phil Riggan - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The controversial roundabout at Hermitage and Laburnum avenues in Richmond's North Side will not become a reality.

In a seven to two vote, Richmond city council approved an ordinance last night prohibiting the installation of a roundabout at that intersection.

The idea was to reduce accidents at the intersection of Laburnum and Hermitage that includes a statue of Confederate General A.P. Hill in the center of the road.

Despite opposition to the roundabout, about a half dozen people said they wanted it built in their community.

"It's a big disappointment," said Nancy Reynolds.  "It's a shame the neighborhood is losing what would have been a beautiful gateway to the city."

"I'm disappointed in the vote. I wish the city would have gone ahead with this project," said Sam Ruggs.

Those opposed to the project say traffic coming out of the roundabout would not be pedestrian friendly and that it would create a cut-through problem for nearby communities.

A vote on four other proposed roundabouts, including one along Forest Hill Avenue, is expected at a later date.

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