State money given to help improve one of Chesterfield County’s busiest intersections

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — It’s an interchange that drivers have complained about for years. Now, two projects are getting roughly $36 million from the state to tackle two problems currently facing drivers along Route 288 and Hull Street Road.

“This will accommodate we hope at least some of the issues we’re seeing,” Chesterfield County’s Transportation Director Jesse Smith said.

Smith says the county will first start work on a new ramp for drivers exiting 288 heading west on Hull Street Road. The ramp will have a longer deceleration lane and will add a second lane for drivers exiting. Smith says it’s currently a safety hazard for drivers.

“In other words cars that are stopped and subject to rear ends. We had a high number of rear end accidents there,” Smith said.

The second project aims at easing congestion. There are currently about 130,000 vehicles that travel through that intersection daily and, according to a VDOT study released two years ago, there were more than 1,000 crashes on Hull Street Road and 288 from 2010 to 2013. The second project will connect Rt. 288 to Bailey Bridge Road so people headed home in that area will not have to use Hull Street Road.

“The connector road to the Bailey Bridge we think will take a significant volume of traffic out of the interchange itself and really get folks to where they need to go,” Smith said.

Smith says that could reduce congestion by as much as 60 percent. The ramp is expected to begin construction within the next year. The connector the year after.

These are just two of the nine projects in the county that received state funding. Click here to view the other seven.

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