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Busy Richmond Intersection to Undergo Safety Changes

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People living near Forest Hill Avenue and Roanoke Street near Forest Hill Park say it's one of the most dangerous intersections in the area. People living near Forest Hill Avenue and Roanoke Street near Forest Hill Park say it's one of the most dangerous intersections in the area.
RICHMOND (WRIC) - A busy intersection in Richmond could soon have some major changes made to make it safer.
            
People living near Forest Hill Avenue and Roanoke Street near Forest Hill Park say it's one of the most dangerous intersections in the area.

"I've seen six or seven accidents," says resident Robert Lewis.  "You gotta watch yourself going across the street."

The problems at the intersection are many.  Traffic signals are old, congestion piles up fast, it's hard to see when turning, and pedestrians don't have any protection when crossing.

"I'm taking into my own hands that hopefully a car doesn't zoom by and smash into me," says Lewis. "You're darting across the street so now you're taking matters into your own hands."

Five years ago, the city wanted to install a traffic circle at the intersection, but neighbors were strongly against it.

Now leaders are proposing painted crosswalks with light up signs.  Lewis said that will benefit the area.

"I just hope they do something better about it now," said Lewis.

The neighborhood associations and City Council need to approve the proposal.  If everything is cleared, construction could begin in the fall.

A meeting will be held in Forest Hill Tuesday night to discuss the issue.  For more information, click here.

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