02 February 2016
A dangerous stretch of road that has seen more than its share of car crashes will be studied by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in the hopes that safety improvements can be made.
Last year there were 10 or 11 accidents on the stretch of Rt. 600 between Broken Island and Lake Monticello’s Riverside Gate, said Sheriff Eric Hess. “Around early December there was a group of five or so,” he said, including a fatality.
“Everybody’s concerned with that area,” said Hess. “There’s really not much difference between those curves and some of the other curves around the county, but there must be other contributing factors.”
So Hess brought Jamie Glass, VDOT residency program manager, along for a ride down Rt. 600 on Thursday (Jan. 28) to see if VDOT could study the area and figure out how to mitigate its danger.
“I’m sending a request to our traffic engineering section asking that they perform a safety review of the corridor between Abby Road and Rt. 618, and specifically concentrate on the series of curves where most of the accidents have taken place,” said Glass.
Glass noted that the road’s speed limit of 45 miles per hour is “already reduced.” He declined to predict what safety improvements VDOT may recommend.
“They may suggest adding extra asphalt along the roadway on both sides to give a little more of a lift to the road, or adding rumble strips,” said Hess. “Then it will come down to whether there is any money for fixing it up.”
Hess hopes to have the report by the end of February. “We’ll go forward with whatever they recommend as long as they’ve got the money,” he said. “We’ll get with the Board of Supervisors and see what we can do.”