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Roundabout construction underway in Brandermill

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Back to school traffic may be a little tricky in Brandermill where construction on a new roundabout is now underway. But police hope to help make it a smooth ride.

Just a stone's throw from Clover Hill High--- sounds of progress where Old Hundred Road, Brandermill Parkway and Kelly Green Drive meet. Crews are two weeks in to a half million dollar project to turn the intersection into a roundabout.

Elsie Benson can see and hear the construction from her own backyard.

"We're thinking what will be the end result for us," said Benson.

That intersection isn't known for crashes. Police tell us there's only been two in the last year. But it can get congested.

"The high school itself has presented it and then the junior high over here," said Benson.

There may be some confusion at first getting used to a traffic circle like this one.

"Are the children, teenagers knowing the procedure I certainly don't know the procedure," said Benson.

The traffic circle at Westchester Commons is one of two in the county. Because they're so rare in Chesterfield, police will make sure the transition to one in Brandermill is a smooth ride.

Students, parents and people who live in Brandermill should get a taste of the roundabout by the first of October.

"We do anticipate a few problems with people not being fully aware of how roundabouts work and how the traffic patterns work," said Lt. David Fuller with Chesterfield Police.

Lt. Fuller said the Clover Hill High School Resource Officer and traffic sergeant are working together on a "how to" presentation for students and people who live in Brandermill. When school starts, officers will also be in place during construction and a couple weeks after until people get the hang of it.

"As you go around you have to merge into traffic coming from the opposite direction. It takes some courtesy and some patience," said Lt. Fuller.

The Brandermill Community Association said it prefers a roundabout to a traffic signal and believes it will be much safer. Construction should be finished late September. 

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