Majority of residents oppose roundabout

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Some people living on the Southside went round and round Thursday night about a proposed roundabout in the city - and the majority are opposed.

The city says a traffic circle at Belt Boulevard and Hull Street Road could ease traffic congestion and reduce the number of accidents.

But others say there's too much traffic for a roundabout. It would make it hard for pedestrians, and it didn't work when it used to be there.

"We celebrated when they got lights down here," said Sandy Hayer. "The roundabout caused lots of accidents and was very confusing. People didn't want to come to the plaza because of the roundabout they had to go through."

"It's a lot of things you have to do when you introduce a roundabout into the community," said Regie Ford. "It's a learning curve and a lot of people are not going to do it."

No decision was made Thursday.

If the project moves forward, it would cost $617,000 and would be paid for with a federal grant.

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