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New Traffic Circles Coming to Church Hill

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The City of Richmond is proposing six new traffic circles in Church Hill, an area where there are already several traffic circles. The City of Richmond is proposing six new traffic circles in Church Hill, an area where there are already several traffic circles.
RICHMOND (WRIC) - The City of Richmond is proposing six new traffic circles in Church Hill, an area where there are already several traffic circles.

The circles would be at six intersections along M Street and Chimborazo Boulevard.

Many neighbors say that's a good thing.

"I noticed so many cars running the stop signs and not yielding or anything," says Lillie Archer.

Neighbors say speeding is another big issue. The circles are designed in part to stop that. They traffic circles are much smaller than roundabouts, but force drivers to slow down in all directions before crossing the intersection.

The intersection of 30th St. and M St. is one proposed location for a traffic circle because of speeding. Even though it's only 25 miles per hour on M St., a lot of people go much faster than that.

Some neighbors aren't convinced the circles will be enough and would like to see more done.

"The circle isn't big enough to take up the whole street," says neighbor Stacey Weir. "Sometimes people don't yield and you just go right through."

But with buses needing to get through, the circles can only be so big.

The cost is $85,000, which comes from an annual capital improvement budget. If all goes to plan, construction could begin in about a month. Neighbors say is just in the nick of time.

"My grandkids come around here a lot and they go to the store and I don't want them getting hit by a car," Archer says.


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