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Drivers tell city to ‘hire more people’ as high grass blocks visiblity

Posted at 5:00 PM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 17:43:56-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Some frustrated drivers said navigating a city intersection is not just tricky, but downright dangerous.

The CBS 6 Problem Solvers are investigating after pictures of the east end Richmond intersection were sent to our newsroom, by a viewer who said it's dangerous.

In the photos, there are tree limbs and brush spilling out into the street where Stony Run Parkway and east Richmond Road intersect.

"Somebody has to be responsible for this, said Donovan Thorne. “Are we off the radar?"

Thorne is fed up with this overgrown intersection and he wants the city to know it.

"I've called the City Public Works on several occasions over the past six months,” he said. “I've called and they said oh we will cut it and it never gets done."

Thorne said he is unable to see oncoming cars because of the brush that is blocking his view.

"I've had several close calls and it's like almost every day,” he said. “Once you pull out you don't know what's coming and you can't see what's coming around the corner until you're actually out in the intersection."

He is also concerned that he may get ticketed by a police officer who thinks he is running a police sign.

Thorne isn't the only driver who wouldn't be surprised if the conditions one day this led to a deadly accident.

"You gotta peek out there and you might get butted trying to peek out there to see if a car is coming,” said driver Gerald Spencer.

Public Works spokesperson Sharon North said they know about the problem, and that with last week's rain their grounds crews were unable to get to it.

"Hire more people then and get this cut back because this is ridiculous,” said resident Sharon Randolph.

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