City to unveil widening plan for part of Forest Hill Avenue

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It's one of the most heavily-traveled roads during the morning and evening commute. Forest Hill Avenue tonight is on the city's radar for a major makeover.

26,000 cars race up and down Forest Hill Avenue everyday and that number is only projected to grow. The city's developing a plan to widen the roadway. Traffic Engineers want to create medians, gutters, fix drainage, add sidewalks and a lane for cyclists.

The project would start at Hathaway Road, near the Stratford Hills Shopping Center. It would End less than a mile away just before you get to the Powhite Parkway.

Safety is the biggest reason the city wants to fix this stretch of roadway. Over a three year period there were 216 accidents here

"We'd sit on the screen porch and just watch it happen in the evenings," said Brandi Knisley.

She lived on Forest Hill Avenue for four years. She's since upgraded to a new house, and is now preparing her old one for renters.

"It's usually a 3 to 5 car pileup at 6:00. From the cars trying to turn into the neighborhoods. The other cars are going to fast aren't able to slow down in time," she said.

Richard Grossman also lives in the neighborhood. His enthusiasm skidded once he got a look at the city's plan.

"We had hoped maybe there would be a light here to help us get out or that they would slow the speed limit down on this road or put up some kind of traffic calming mechanism," he said.

We heard a lot of likes, dislikes and suggestions in the neighborhood today. You can give your opinion at a public hearing next Wednesday November 10th at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the St. Luke Lutheran Church on Chippenham. Doors open at 6:30.

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