RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - After a number of crashes, the city of Richmond is taking more steps to ensure the safety of a stretch of roadway in Woodland Heights.
Bainbridge Street has seen its share of accidents in the past year, including one just days ago involving a crash into the back of a house.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the car has been removed, and there’s a little progress on the house. But the progress doesn’t stop there: Councilwoman Stephanie Lynch, who represents the 5th district says that after meeting with the Department of Public Works, the road is on the way to becoming a little safer.
“This is one of those streets that has had repeated incidents," said Councilwoman Lynch.
Police say the car crashed into this home around 2:30 am on Sunday. They add that the SUV was driven by a 25-year-old Georgia woman, who was not hurt. She is now facing charges of failure to maintain proper control.
“This is a neighborhood where we have a lot of kids crossing the street for Carter Jones park. We have a lot of families traveling by bike and foot,” said the council member.
Additionally, it was only a few weeks ago when another car ran into a nearby fence up Bainbridge Street.
Incidents like these aer why Councilmember Lynch sat down with DPW on how to improve safety:
“They are aware of the dangers an accidents that have occurred on that street," she said, “What we have done so far is worked to re-stripe the lines. We have added curve signage, and pushed for the reduction of speed to 20 miles per hour.”
In addition, Lynch says she’s called for a traffic study while pushing for full funding of Vision Zero, an initiative aimed at reducing crashes in the city.
She adds that in the meantime, DPW is working to put some immediate remedies in place for the people of the neighborhood:
“Additional curb signage and speed wagons, which are those machines that highlight how fast you’re going down the road. We’re not doing [the residents] favors, this is what they deserve.”
Councilwoman Lynch says that those new signs are set to be installed as soon as next week.
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