Residents in Retirement Community Fighting for Traffic Light

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Residents in one Chesterfield Community say they need a traffic light to cross a busy street or someone may really get hurt.

We're talking about the intersection of Brandermill Parkway and Old Hundred Road-- close to where the Powhite Parkway ends.

Brandermill Woods Retirement Community met with local officials Tuesday. Complicating the issue, the intersection will soon double in size as officials widen the road from two lanes to four lanes.

Residents living near this intersection say the traffic comes fast and steadily.

"Sitting there for 15 minutes trying to make a left, is bad," said Conway Dooley III who lives near the intersection. 

"When you stand there and you're waiting and waiting and waiting you just get anxious," said resident Margaret Moore.

Many people living and working in the retirement community cross the road to get to the Community Health Center.

"It's a long wait and if you really are intent in getting across, it's scary because you have to really accelerate across in busy times," says Jim Allen, who frequently spends time in the area.

Complicating the situation, the road is expected to double from two lanes to four lanes as part of an ongoing County project.

"It's not a good situation now. It's gonna get worse, and somebody gonna get hurt at that intersection," said Dooley.

Chesterfield officials say the funding for a light exits, but they need VDOT'S approval. VDOT officials say they just can't do it. There's not enough traffic and there haven't been enough accidents to support putting a light in. Plus, they say installing one when it's not warranted could be dangerous.

"You're adding congestion, you're adding travel time, you're adding fuel expense," said Dale Totten with VDOT.

They don't anticipate installing one in the forseeable future either.

"If they're not feeling safe or feeling like they can navigate that intersection at their own safety, to just find an alternate route," said Totten.

VDOT did several studies, the most recent last week. In three years, there have been a handful of crashes and no fatal accidents in the intersection. However, Chesterfield County does hope to put in some triangle medians to create protected right turns.

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