Results of Crutchfield Street speed study confirm findings of 8News investigation

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The results of a speed study along Crutchfield Street in Richmond are out and they confirm what 8News found in an investigation back in November of 2015: That most drivers are traveling way over the 25 mph speed limit.

“The average speed is going 13 miles above the posted limited,” said City Councilman Parker Agelasto, who requested the study.

That’s 38 miles per hour on a residential street that is also flagged as a school zone with George Wythe High School positioned on the block.

A driver was killed after being ejected from this vehicle during a single-vehicle crash on Crutchfield Street in November 2015. (File photo)

“They’ve made it a raceway for years now,” area resident Elizabeth Owers told 8News Investigative Reporter Kerri O’Brien.

When 8News first investigated concerns about speeding drivers, not only did we clock speeding drivers using the street as a cut-through to Midlothian Turnpike, but we also found it had been the scene of at least six bad accidents in 2015, including a fatal crash where the driver was ejected from the car.

“Yeah, they speed all the time, coming and going,” added Vincent Taylor, who also lives on Crutchfield Street.

A driver was killed after being ejected from this vehicle during a single-vehicle crash on Crutchfield Street in November 2015. (File photo)
A driver was killed after being ejected from this vehicle during a single-vehicle crash on Crutchfield Street in November 2015. (File photo)

To slow drivers down, traffic engineers are now proposing speed tables like the one visible on Perry street.

“It’s not a speed hump, it’s a speed table,” Angelasto explained. “The way that they describe it is about 2 to 4 inches of elevation change and it spans a distance of 8 to 10 feet. Think of it as a little plateau where you have to go up, over and down.”

We showed residents on Crutchfield the plans. Most seem to be all for it.

“That might work, they have to slow down for it, “Taylor said.

Added Owers, “I think it should certainly make a difference because people are going to see that there is something there and they got to be careful.”

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The proposal calls for two speed tables – one near the Roanoke intersection, and one in front of the school.

The cost of those speed tables is unknown, but the city is hoping to fund it with a grant.

Stay with 8News for updates to this developing story. 

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