Neighbors React to Belmont Estates Speed Study

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

The Virginia Department of Transportation released the findings of the speeding study at Belmont Estates on Tuesday.

"The average speed is within the speed limit."

VDOT put speed radars around the neighborhood for two days and track the speed around Nutmeg court,Sugar Maple Lane and West Bend.

For Belmont States Civic Association President Vilas Steckly there are some problems with the results.

"Those who live here definitely have an accurate idea of what's going on," Steckly said.

He said if the radars were hidden better the study could have been more effective.

"The study didn't really reflect the speed that happens during the morning and evening," Steckly said.

Since the study doesn't show a speeding problem, VDOT can't do anything.

For Neighbor Joe Dudash, speeding around Nutmeg Court is not that big of a problem.

"You can study a neighborhood and try to come up with ideas. I am not really seeing that big of a problem when I walk that way," Dudash said.

For Steckly if nothing is done to solve problems like this, there could be more tragedies.

"It could happened exactly what happened the tragedy that took place could happen again. There have been accidents on that same curb in the past 10 years," Steckly said.

The Board of Supervisors wants to form a committee to help with catching speeders, to help other places with the same problem.

"This could be a template that at least we can use in other subdivisions," Mike Breeden said.

The Belmont Estates Civic Association is looking into forming a committee to solve the problem.

They're also looking into placing lights on speed limit signs to make them more visible to drivers.

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