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Street Squad: Dangerous Curves on Jessup Road

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CHESTERFIELD (WRIC) -  An 18-year-old crashes and dies on what some residents say is a dangerous curve. The teen ran off the road and into a tree Monday morning on Jessup Road near Iron Bridge Road. Part of that road was shut down for hours.

Now some residents say they want something done to make the road safer.

Richard Mason has lived on Jessup Road for years and says they're constantly seeing accidents and cars going off the road.

"This curve is actually quite dangerous," he says. "You can't actually see the hill at all until you approach it."

Chesterfield County Police say in the past two years there have been 16 accidents on this stretch of Jessup Road not including Monday's crash. Mason says they even sent letters to VDOT asking them to take action.

"There was never a response back, and a week later they'll come back and put new signs up but signs is not the problem, this particular road needs more guard rails."

VDOT says they've taken a number of steps to make the road safer including winding road curve signs, 15 mph advisory speed signs and black and white markers to warn drivers of where the road turns.

VDOT says they studied the road back in 2012 and during that time it was "determined that it would not be feasible to safely install guardrail in this area."

Mason says if something isn't done, they may only have one option.

"Honestly with little kids in my home, we are considering moving."

 

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