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Speed limit to be lowered on Route 460 in Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) -

Changes are being recommended on what many consider a dangerous stretch of roadway.

Route 460, between Bull Hill Road and Hines Road in Prince George, has been the scene of several deadly accidents. Now, a new study highlights problems and possible solutions to increase safety.

One of the biggest problems is motorists speeding. To put the brakes on the problem the 55 mile per hour speed limit will be lowered to 50 miles per hour.

It's a change county resident Curtis Stith calls, long overdue. He's had a few close calls while traveling on 460.

"When you're slowing down a lot of the time they don't want to slow down for you and at times you got to hurry to get off 460," said Stith.

In June, after a fiery multi-vehicle accident that left two dead and several others injured, the county began working with VDOT on another safety study.

The study found: motorist speed, the crash rate is low, fatalities and injuries are high and that most fatal crashes along the corridor involve a vehicle drifting into the opposing travel ways. 

"Anytime we lose a life or property or whatever it might be it's a serious situation for everyone. We want to try and avoid that at all cost," said Prince George County Administrator, Percy Ashcraft.

Recommendations in the study include an increased police presence, adding paved shoulders, and a lower speed limit to 50 miles per hour.

"We have two stretches already on that highway that are 45 mph and that's what the board would have preferred but we'll take any reduction we can get," Ashcraft added.

The study points out Route 460 is one of few undivided lane highways in the state -- which can increase the risk of a deadly collision.

The recommendations outlined in the study will be implemented within the next 30 to 45 days.

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