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Community raise concerns about Lucks Lane widening project

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Backyards could be cut down in size when the road widening project on Lucks lane begins. Some homeowners say there is no need for a four lane road here.

"Why go to all that trouble for a 10 minute back up? A 10 minute back up and most of the time it is less than that!" Betty Daniels said.

For the last 22 years, Betty Daniels and her husband have lived in their home along Lucks Lane.

Now she says part of the memories her family built on this land are being ripped away by the county. The $5 million project will expand Lucks Lane into a four lane road as way to cut down on heavy traffic.

The first phase will widen the road from Spirea Lane to Evergreen parkway. The second phase would continue widening from Evergreen to Route 288.

To Betty's disappointment the project appears to be full steam ahead.

"I've been here for 22 years and I don't have a choice, because they have decided that people who don't live here, who don't live in this neighborhood have decided that we need four lanes," Daniels said.

Not only will the road be widened to ease traffic, a sidewalk will also be put in along Lucks Lane as well as a bike lane.

Denise McDonald and her family own A Child's Place Preschool and Childcare Center along Lucks Lane. She says the road improvements would be a benefit to those who fight traffic everyday.

"It is backed up way past 288, especially on the traffic times in the morning and in the afternoon," Denise McDonald said.

Denise and her daughter who serves as director of the Childcare Center both agree that a traffic light would also help ease congestion problems.

"With a stoplight there instead of a four way stop there will be times where it could just flow through they don't have to stop each time," Fust said.

The county plans to have all the utility lines in place by March, and construction will begin in July. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed during the summer of 2016 and the second phase a year later.

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