Henrico County

Improvements make W. Broad St. in Henrico safer for pedestrians

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -- Four months of construction have made W. Broad Street in Henrico County much safer for pedestrians to cross. 

Throughout the years, a number of people have been hit trying to cross the busy stretch of road that sees around 29,000 vehicles a day.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently completed construction of pedestrian accommodations along W. Broad St between the I-64 interchange and the Richmond City line. 

The $1.9 million project included new sidewalks, ramps, crosswalks and accessible pedestrian signals at the following intersections: Forest Avenue, Dickens Road, the Home Depot Entrance, Horsepen Road and Libbie Avenue. 

“The improvements, especially the addition of accessible pedestrian signals and crosswalks, enhance pedestrian safety at these intersections,” said Robb Alexander, director of VDOT’s Central Region Operations. “The pedestrian signals use audio cues and voice instructions to help people with visual impairments.”

VDOT says the project is the first of several pedestrian safety improvements in Henrico County. 

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