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The Westmoreland Board of Supervisors has again made plain to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) that the county needs a new traffic light installed on Route 205 at its intersection with Route 628, near Hall’s Grocery, on the road between Oak Grove and Colonial Beach.
With VDOT Representative Dave Brown in attendance at their Monday meeting, board members expressed concerned about the hazards of the county intersection which currently has a caution light for traffic on
Route 205 and red flashing lights, along with stop signs, for traffic on Route 628. The speed limit through the area is 55 miles per hour.
“There needs to be a light there. It is a very dangerous intersection,” said Supervisor Larry Roberson. “It appears it is a problem and I would like to see results,” W.W. Hynson said. Other board members expressed similar sentiments at the meeting. It was the third time the board has discussed the problems of the intersection.
Jean Staples of Colonial Beach made a tearful, lengthy appeal to the board and was sharply critical of VDOT for delays in dealing with the situation. Staples was injured at the intersection on Dec. 5 when a vehicle entering Route 205 from Route 628 slammed into her car broadside and knocked it into a utility truck.
Staples, 64, was taken to the hospital and examined and treated for severe abrasions. She suffered severe pain as a result of the accident. “Just because I was at the wrong time and the wrong place, I almost lost my life,” Staples said.
VDOT’s Brown said the traffic pattern at the intersection is being evaluated. Brown said studies done while the Route 205 Bridge was closed during the winter were of questionable value because of the increased traffic flow on the road.
“I have requested that the vehicle speeds through the area be evaluated,” Brown said. He said a study done in May and June would also look at the need for a light and “other things that can be done.” Staples said VDOT was “stalling” on the issue.
Staples said the intersection has been a problem for more than 40 years. She said she was fortunate to survive the accident and now she is determined to making sure than other drivers are not injured or killed at the dangerous intersection. Westmoreland County currently has four traffic lights.
In other board business, Monday, the supervisors approved a leash law for the Shellfield Shores subdivision. Sherman Moore of Shellfield Shores told the board dogs running loose has become a problem for residents. “Two people, a jogger and a woman entering her home, have been bitten in the last year.”
Colonial Beach Mayor Mike Ham advised the board of supervisors that Colonial Beach is continuing to work with the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to consolidate their 911 emergency dispatch systems. Currently both Colonial Beach and the county have 911 dispatchers, a situation which sometimes causes confusion and delays in providing emergency services.