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Woolridge Road straightening project planned for spring

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Chesterfield County officials say a curve of Woolridge Road is to blame for some nasty accidents. So now, they're working to straighten out the problem before it gets any worse.

The road borders the Woodlake Subdivision. Federal funding was secured in 2004, after concern rose because of a high number of accidents at the curve. Additionally, plans were underway for the development of a subdivision on the other side of the road.

"This is a project that has been in the works since 2004 and essentially what it will do is straighten out what's been viewed as a dangerous curve in this road," said Jesse Smith, a project manager with Chesterfield County's Department of Transportation.  

When the economy took a hit, development of the subdivision never started. But, officials say, traffic continued to grow.

"There were a high number of accidents out in this location so we applied for federal safety money and were able to obtain it back in 2004," said Smith.

Woolridge Road borders the Woodlake subdivision and is a main thoroughfare for its residents. It's also a popular back road alternative for drivers trying to avoid that common stop-and-go traffic on Hull Street.

This spring, officials say they're finally going to fix the curve by paving a new, straighter path. The county will have to pick up the cost, which adds up to about $1.1 million.

"We're going to realign the curve to make it safer so there's less chance for accidents in this location," said Smith. "There will be some delays but we try to keep these down to a minimum."

The project is expected to take 60 days.

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