RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Major changes are coming to a heavily traveled traffic circle on Monument Avenue at Allen Avenue.
Starting on Friday October 9, crews will start a $550,000 project in the area. New concrete sidewalks and pedestrian crosswalks will be built at multiple areas in the circle. Right now, pedestrians have to cross at their own risk.
“I have witnessed a couple of car accidents just because the roads aren’t really clearly laid out,” says Andrea Barger, who lives in the area.
“I have almost been run over so many times trying to cross, because there is no walk path or running path or anything like that,” added Laura Paster, who also lives in the area.
There will also be improvements that will make it easier for drivers as well. Crews will add more pavement markings that will make it easier for drivers, especially when they are trying to merge.
“It can get kind of confusing sometimes, just the directions and where you should go,” says Joshua Tucker, who frequently travels through the area.
According to the city, 114 crashes have been reported in the area from May 2004 to May 2013.
“It’s going to make it safer, it’s going to slow traffic down and it’s going to make it easier for people to walk across the streets,” says Sharon North with the city’s Department of Public Works.
Other improvements will include installing curb ramps that are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, installation of medians and landscaping.
VDOT and the city of Richmond will evenly split the $550,000 cost for the improvements.
Work is expended to be complete by early January. During the changes, there will be lane closures and parking restrictions, but the city says everyone who commutes or lives in the area will receive adequate notice.