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Neighbors say Henrico's first roundabout won't help traffic

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

You know what a headache it can be driving in Henrico's West End.  The county may have a "round about" solution to fix the problem - it's literally a roundabout at Innsbrook.

But some neighbors say the idea isn't going to fix the problem.

"It's a mess out here," says Arthur Cummings.  He lives in the Saddlebrook neighborhood just off of busy Nuckols Road.   He says traffic is so bad, people living here don't leave their homes when people working nearby get off work.

"Cars that are trying to get into the neighborhood sometimes get in with one of them pulling forward a little bit, the other one pulling back," he says it blocks the road to his block.

But changes are coming to this neighborhood because it borders the Innsbrook development.  Over a 20-year-period the plan is to make Henrico's West End into an urban downtown with apartments, retail shops and offices.

The plan also includes building Henrico's first roundabout.  But people, like Cummings, say it won't help traffic.  He says the county's focus is to develop the land but not the infrastructure around it.

"That's going to put us having to merge into traffic that's trying to come over in front of us which will block us off from getting into the circle," he said.

It's a concern the Henrico Board of Supervisors has already looked at. They say traffic engineers say a roundabout is the best choice.

"The stop light would cause traffic to sit still and quite possibly back up into Nuckols Road," says board chairman Richard Glover.  "However with a roundabout you would have a continuous flow of traffic so therefore most likely it wouldn't be an opportunity to back up onto Nuckols Road."

Getting the board's approval is the next step in making sure the plan moves forward.  They will have a meeting on December 11. It will include a public hearing on the Innsbrook development. 

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