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Amazon Center Causing Holiday Traffic Headaches

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CHESTER (WRIC) - The holiday shopping season has caused major traffic headaches for some Chester neighborhoods.

Last year, Amazon opened its doors in Chester for the first time and the company created jobs for the area.

"It's progress," says Libby Chambers. "It's giving people jobs this time of the year, which is very much need in Virginia."

But this Christmas, another problem popped up.

Amazon hired extra workers for the holiday season and that meant thousands more cars were driving through a neighborhood that's never seen that type of traffic.

"If you leave after 5 a.m., you are caught in the traffic," says resident Daniel Martin. "And If you are coming home at 5 p.m., you are backed up in traffic."

"This caused a considerable inconvenience to neighbors off of Enon Church Road and some of the businesses," says Capt. Kevin Smith with Chesterfield Police. "We didn't learn that until too late unfortunately, but once we did, we met with amazon and they paid for more officers to work that intersection."

For several weeks, Amazon shelled out about $55,000 to pay for officers to direct traffic.

Now that the holiday rush is over and the temporary workers are gone, Captain Smith says he's going to sit down with Amazon and VDOT to see what they can all do better for next year.

As for neighbors, some are dreading next year's holiday shopping season, while others are embracing the change.

"You can't stop progress. If you expect the country to grow, then you have to go along with the flow."

 

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