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How a Henrico neighborhood is taking care of their speeding issue

Posted at 7:04 PM, Nov 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-03 19:04:58-05

HENRICO, Va. – Neighbors called it a decades old problem; speeders cutting through the neighborhood on Lee Avenue.

“I just see a lot of danger…sometimes when I’m walking down the street to catch the bus, I almost get hit,” said resident Eva Miles.

Larry Pollard, who lives several houses down, alerted CBS 6 news to the problem eight months ago.  That’s when a reporter did a very unscientific radar study and clocked several speeders.

Pollard said even with periodic monitoring by police he hasn’t stopped worrying, and he said something has to be done -- “maybe a four-way stop,” he said.

Then this week, he heard from officials who run the county's traffic calming program.

“They said they would put counters out here to check speed and how many cars go up and down,” he said.

He recommended to other neighbors in Henrico who deal with speeders, to reach out to the program.

Submitting a traffic calming request could prompt engineers to review the site and collect data to see if a sign warning of extra fines is warranted.
Pollard said that 75 percent of the neighbors on the street must sign a petition agreeing to that traffic calming measure.