Viewer Calls NBC12 For Help with Chesterfield Intersection

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - In the last 5 years there have been more than three dozen car crashes here at the intersection of Otterdale and Hull Street Road. After she was involved in a crash, one woman called 12 for help. She thinks double-yellow lines in the median would make things safer.

About a month ago the median was so congested. A car pulling out didn't see Elizabeth Umbehant coming until she slammed right into it.

"I have probably seen in the past four years a good 20," explained Elizabeth Umbehant. A good 20 wrecks. In the last five years, dozens of reports of cars jumbled in this median, crashing into on-coming hull street traffic.

"They cannot go around him. Look! See! That's the issue right there," said Umbehant. "It would be great in a perfect world to have a traffic light here."

Well VDOT checked to see if a light was needed at the intersections. A traffic study done in 2006 says a light wasn't needed then, but one would be needed down the road. In the meantime Elizabeth would like to see double yellow-lines in the median. It would separate traffic-- drivers would know what side of the road to stay on.

But VDOT normally doesn't paint the bright lines in medians.

"It confuses people," explained VDOT Spokeswoman Dawn Eischen.  "They're not used to seeing it and so they don't know what they're supposed to do."

Wednesday our cameras found the state surveying Otterdale which leads into neighborhoods on either side of Hull street. Until something is done Elizabeth will keep a close eye on this messy median.

VDOT'S study will be done by the end of this month. That's when we'll know if any changes are coming to Otterdale at Hull Street.

If you want VDOT to look into a dangerous road, call its 24-hour hotline at 1-800-FOR-ROAD  (1-800-367-1623)  A customer service representative will take down your concerns and call you back with an update.

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