10/8/2018 0 Comments
"Very hard to see traffic coming. You're lucky if you hear them." By: Gretchen Ross Posted: Oct 08, 2018 06:22 PM EDT Updated: Oct 08, 2018 06:29 PM EDT
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -- People living around Chimborazo Park have complained about traffic in the area for some time now, some saying it's too much to ignore.
Locals who spoke with 8News say several issues, no stop signs or crosswalks, make them believe it's just a matter of time before someone gets hurt.
"We love Church Hill. It's a vibrant, beautiful neighborhood," said resident Gillian Frank.
Since July, Frank and his daughter, Charlotte, and dog Daisy have called Church Hill their home. Despite enjoying their neighborhood, the Frank family crosses Broad Street at their own risk if they want to get to Chimborazo.
"Very hard to see traffic coming. You're lucky if you hear them," Frank told 8News. "And you hope for the best as you're crossing the street."
At this time, stop signs along East Broad Street end at 32nd Street and pick up again at 36th Street. There are a few yield signs, however, Frank says the signs they do have do little to deter dangerous drivers.
"People start to accelerate and they go all the way down Government Hill or they come up Government Hill where there's a blind turn and it makes it very difficult to cross," Frank said.
8News went to the area and found cars speeding along the stretch of Broad Street and discovered the only speed limit sign is near the bottom of Government Hill. There are no crosswalks or sidewalks on the stretch of East Broad Street either.
"It makes me nervous for all the little kids and elderly folks in the neighborhood," said Frank. He decided to reach out to the city.
Frank was told the Department of Public Works is currently reviewing traffic information and conditions.
"I would like to see stop signs all the way up to 36th Street and I would like to see some speed bumps to slow folks coming up Government Road," Frank said, explaining things he wants to happen while he waits. "A crosswalk situation would be wonderful to help folks get in and out of the park."
The Department of Public Works also informed Frank that they will work with police to enforce the speed limit and traffic signs in the area.
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