Neighbors say something needs to be done about the traffic in the roundabout around the Lee Monument after reports of a pedestrian accident this week.
Neighbors say a car ran into the sidewalk slamming into the fence of a home near Monument Avenue and North Allen Avenue.
Glass is still scattered across the sidewalk and some neighbors claim two people were hit. Richmond Police were not able to confirm the report, but say traffic accidents sometimes take a few days to be put into the system. According to police reports, there has been at least one accident near the Lee Monument every month. It has developed a reputation as a dangerous intersection.
People that live here say there are no crosswalks to warn drivers.
"The cars are whipping around, there's no clear cross walk, there's no light, there's no nothing to help us get across," said Lisa Johnson.
Other neighbors say they've witnessed parked cars getting hit and guilty drivers taking off.
"When I see somebody parking here I want to warn them; don't park here unless you want your car to be wrecked," said John McLees.
Councilman Charles Samuels said that the roundabout is an ongoing issue, but he has a few proposals in mind. It includes posting signs about the speed limit and turning the area into a school zone since Orchard House School is close by.
"Apparently there's a regulation that says the school zone signs can only be on the street where the school is. I'm still working to confirm whether or not that's accurate," he said.
Councilman Samuels said there are about 14 accidents every year around the monument.
The Fan District Association president said the issue of traffic was not brought up at the last meeting. If you would like to voice your concerns, the next meeting is on November 5 at 7 p.m. at 208 Strawberry Street.
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