Carytown to see traffic safety improvement

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – An area of Cary Street is going to be under construction for the next month and a half while crews work to make the area safer for drivers and pedestrians.

Pre-construction work is underway at the intersection of Cary and Thompson streets in Carytown. The traffic signal improvement project is expected to make the streets safer for everyone.

"We're upgrading the traffic signal there," said Department of Public Works spokesman, Thomas Flynn. "That will include a complete replacement of the existing poles and signal heads and we'll be replacing those with modern LED effective lighting."

"I think that's much better," said driver Theresa Williams. "That's a better way to communicate between the pedestrians and the driver when to go and not to go."

The improvements are coming to an intersection that has seen its fair share of pedestrian-car accidents. Drivers we spoke with are familiar with the traffic problem.

"It is and I don't like it I've seen maybe three times somebody turning in the wrong direction," said driver, Kristian Taylor. "It's just dangerous."

The need for improvement in this area was identified by the city. The money for the project comes from grants.

"We identify intersections around the city that do have higher accident rates and we apply for these funds or grants through the state or federal funding mechanism," said Flynn.

The project is expected to last about a month and a half. The major work is expected to begin on Monday or Tuesday of next week.

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