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Brandermill residents win fight for traffic light

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Residents and staff members of Brandermill Woods have been asking officials for a stoplight for years. Now, it's finally installed and working.

The intersection is where Brandermill Parkway crosses Old Hundred Road, near the site of the Brandermill Woods retirement community and the health center.

Residents launched letter writing campaigns and held community meetings with VDOT to fight for the light.

June Young is one of those residents. She attended community meetings where neighbors lined up to express their concerns about crossing the road. But she says with the installation of the light, her worry has been lifted.

"Oh it's wonderful!" exclaimed June. "It really is. I find myself kind of cheering going through and now that it's four lanes, that's particularly nice too."

Before the light was installed, June was just hoped to gun it across the intersection safely.

"You are wondering as you go across, have I missed seeing something that is going to be in the way?" said Young.

Before the traffic light was installed, residents, family members, and staff members had to cross four lanes of busy traffic to get across Old Hundred Road to the health center. In many cases, they were doing that multiple times a day!

"It has made a world of difference for our residents, our staff members, and family members," said Amy Willmarth, with Brandermill Woods. "It's so much easier now to cross the street. We always felt like we had our life in our hands."

And Willmarth says the neighborhood is expanding by 93 new units, which means the traffic light will be even more important

VDOT officials say they ultimately made the decision to put in the light because of a crash history, the roads proximity to the Brandermill Woods retirement facility, and Chesterfield County's transportation plan.

According to that plan, VDOT officials say Chesterfield County's transportation plan/comprehensive plan calls for the at-grade intersection (along with the signal) to be eliminated at the time of connecting the Powhite Western Extension to Rt. 360.

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