Neighbors in Henrico's West End are sounding off on what some are calling a dangerous road. VDOT has some major renovations proposed for Springfield Road, between Nuckols and Staples Mill Roads. Officials say Springfield Road is too narrow with some tight turns. However, the alternatives in fixing this road seem to be even scarier for some people living nearby.
The two-mile stretch of Springfield Road has been home to 32 crashes between 2008 and 2010. VDOT project manager Harold Caples says it's time to revamp the road.
"To provide a safer road section. That really is what the alternatives are based on," explained Caples.
Those alternatives are three options presented to neighbors. The proposals include widening lanes, and adding sidewalks for pedestrians and cyclists. Another change would also realign the sharp turn near Echo Lake.
"There's a fairly significant "s" curve that creates sight distance issues and speed issues near Echo Park," described Caples.
Two roundabouts were suggested in lieu of intersections, as well. However, the biggest concern was of building a totally new road. Two of the proposals would involve building a road behind some houses on Meredith's Branch Drive. The idea didn't make some residents nearby too happy.
"I don't think we need an extra four lane highway going through the woods, adding more traffic," said Vonda Muench, who lives in the neighborhood.
"Everyone who's on the north side of that new road, (will be)…cut off in a sense," said Christy Lindvall.
VDOT says they're taking the community's suggestions for the next ten days. VDOT says reconstruction of Springfield Road has been on the shelf for nearly two decades. However, before any construction happens, a plan has to be decided on, approved and then funded.
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