City plans to widen Jahnke Road

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A major upgrade is in the future for a popular short cut in South Richmond. The city wants to widen a portion of Jahnke Road.

Its about a one and a half mile stretch on Jahnke road from Blakemore to Forest Hill Avenue. The city is concerned about heavy traffic as more than 12,000 cars travel this section of Jahnke Road every day.

There are no sidewalks, just a few paved trails and no curb or gutters. There are three nearby schools. Carolyn Washington cuts hair at the express yourself salon. She sees children walking along the road all the time. "I worry all the time, but they have been blessed. But it's time to do something about it. because it's getting worse."

The city is also concerned about the growth of this popular thoroughfare. Leaders want to widen the road and add a median, sidewalks, bike trails and drainage.

"The people as far as catching the buses, the streets is kind of small. So, you know to widen it up would be a good thing," said Damon Chandler. He works at a Barber shop on Jahnke.

The projected cost is $14 million and it would be paid for with federal money.

Rob Guarnera has lived on Jahnke for four years. He says some residents maybe concerned about losing right of way, but not him. He'd like to see this project begin as soon as possible.

"There's folks with handicaps that have to travel this road and they can't travel along the ditches, and the sidewalks are poor. So, they have to go down Jahnke Road and the traffic is right up on them," he said.

The timetable for completing this project is around three to five years. The city is holding a community meeting about the project next Wednesday, December 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Crestwood Presbyterian Church on Jahnke Road.

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