Project to increase pedestrian safety at busy intersections set to begin


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (VDOT) is launching a new $1.8 million project that will give people a safer way to cross 11 busy intersections in Chesterfield and Henrico counties.

The project will begin on Aug. 20

The project will add sidewalks, ramps, crosswalks and accessible pedestrian signals at the intersections.

VDOT just completed a similar project along West Broad St. (Rt. 250) in Henrico County and several other projects are scheduled over the next six years.

The first intersection to see work will be West Broad St. and Pouncey Tract Rd./Pump Rd. (Rt. 271) in Henrico County. In addition, the project includes improvements to the following intersections:

  • Genito Rd. (Rt. 604) and Brandermill Parkway (Rt. 1921)
  • Coalfield Rd. (Rt. 754) and North Woolridge Rd. (Rt. 688)
  • North Woolridge Rd. (Rt. 688) and Charter Colony Parkway (Rt. 950)
  • Patterson Ave. (Rt. 6) and Gaskins Rd. (Rt. 157)
  • Gaskins Rd. (Rt. 157) and Gayton Rd.
  • Gaskins Rd. (Rt. 157) and Quioccasin Rd.
  • Quioccasin Rd. (Rt. 157) and Pemberton Rd.
  • Lakeside Ave. (Rt. 161) and Hilliard Rd. (Rte. 356)
  • West Broad St. (Rt. 250) and North Gayton Rd.
  • Mechanicsville Turnpike (Rt. 360) and Laburnum Ave. (Rt. 197)

“Once complete, these improvements will enhance pedestrian safety at several busy intersections, especially for those with visual impairments,” said Robert Vilak, VDOT Richmond District traffic engineer. “We’ve been working with our local partners to develop prioritized lists of improvements to create walkable communities.”

Travelers can expect intermittent lane and shoulder closures for the duration of the project. Work will include both daytime and nighttime lane closures during off-peak travel times.

The work is expected to be complete in spring 2019.

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