Neighbors Weigh in On VDOT Project to Make Intersection Safer
GROTTOES---The Virginia Department of Transportation presented a project to make an intersection safer Tuesday.
The work would be done in the intersection of Port Republic Road and East Side Highway in Rockingham County.
At the public hearing, VDOT officials said the $2.2 million project will widen the road and add two extra turning lanes on East Side Highway. The road would have 10-foot shoulders and roadside ditches.
According to a VDOT spokesman, not having turning lanes backs up traffic and makes the road dangerous.
Neighbor Ronald Munson said the turning lanes would increase traffic and make the intersection more dangerous.
"With these added lanes there will be more accidents because cars are going to be sitting waiting to turn, they will cut in front of somebody or they'll get rear ended sitting there," said Munson.
He said the best solution would be to add traffic lights.
VDOT officials said they will review the accident history and the number of cars that travel to the intersection to decide if it qualifies for a traffic light.
Neighbors can submit their comments to VDOT until April 5.
1on1: Both Sides of the Same-Sex Marriage Issue
We hear from both sides of the same-sex marriage issue.
We talk with Sarah Hogg of Madison Equality, and Pastor John Welborn of Calvary Cross-Link Church.
Click on the link above to watch the One-on-One interview.
Two Va. Students Charged In Poison Attempt
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Two middle school students who allegedly put hand sanitizer in their teacher's drinks are facing felony charges.
Newport News Police spokesman Lou Thurston tells ABC affiliate WVEC-TV the two have been arrested and each charged with attempted poisoning. Both are 13 years old.
The investigation began in late January when a school resource officer received a tip. The intended target was a 66-year-old Hampton woman.
According to WVEC, the woman regularly drinks tea and had to see her doctor for health concerns she had been experiencing.
During the investigation, Newport News Public Schools administrators placed the students on long-term suspension and reassigned them to an alternative school.
They were arrested at that alternative school on March 6.