Road safety improvements coming to Ettrick

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield County is making some road safety improvements in the Ettrick community.

The focus is on a one mile stretch of roadway near Virginia State University. Chesterfield wants to put three curb extensions on Chesterfield Avenue to make it easier and safer for people to cross.

The speed limit on Chesterfield Avenue is 25 miles per hour. But on this day, we caught a few drivers going just over what's posted. While some don't see much of a hazard, others think safety improvements aren't such a bad idea, especially with more students attending nearby VSU.

The avenue, billed as one gateway to Chesterfield, has already received somewhat of a makeover since the project began in 2009.

"We have a great monumental sign that welcomes you to the village with solar lighting," said project manager, Latisha Jenkins.

Now, to some safety features.

"The street is very wide here, it is 25 miles per hour," said Jenkins.

Phase two calls for an estimated $300,000 to create bump outs or free standing curb extensions. They narrow the road to slow down traffic.

The county released a rendering to give you a better idea. They would be about six inches to a foot from the curb.

The county wants to construct three of them on Chesterfield Avenue at the intersections of Main, Light and Totty streets.

"By extending that you will have more time for pedestrians to look around cars that are parked to see what's coming to cross a shorter distance to the other side," said Jenkins.

The county hopes to consult with VDOT by the end of January before pursuing construction bids.

The county hopes to start construction in the spring and complete the project by the fall.

Jenkins says half of the $300,000 would come from county community development block grants and VSU is matching the rest.

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