VDOT to review Gaskins and Broad for any needed safety upgrades

Posted at 2:24 AM, Oct 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-29 02:24:52-04

HENRICO, VA (WTVR) -- Following a pedestrian accident at Gaskins and Broad Street Monday night, VDOT says it will review the intersection to see if any safety precautions can be made.

Data obtained by the CBS 6 through Henrico police show from October 2013 though September 2014, 35 accidents have taken place.

"It is extremely busy and it is extremely dangerous," Ms. Kitchen, a Henrico woman was crosses the intersection often said.

"There is no spot for us to go across we have to look at lights."

Despite attracting more than 36,000 cars a day, the intersection has no crosswalk, crosswalk signal, or for that matter a sidewalk on some parts of the intersection.

"We maybe have a serious accident here every three weeks," Ron Melancon, a Henrico resident who works nearby, said.

The last pedestrian accident to take place here happened in September 2013, following that VDOT said it would review safety procedures.

"We did take a look at it," Jeff Kuttesch, a traffic engineer with VDOT, said.

Kuttesch said VDOT concluded that accident was caused by a rogue driver and not an overall safety issue , so that is why no changes occurred

VDOT vows to look at the intersection once more, however over two million dollars is already earmarked for improving pedestrian crossings at Willow Lawn and Short Pump.

"Those are two areas that really jumped out," Kuttesch said.

VDOT estimates it would cost anywhere between $25,000 and $50,000 to install sidewalks and pedestrian crossing signals at Gaskins and Broad Street.