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VDOT Crews Evaluating 'Dangerous' Road


Reporter: Heather Rosenbaum | Videographer: RJ Burnette

Pittsylvania Co., VA -- In Pittsylvania County a lot of people say a popular cut-through is way too dangerous. Now VDOT is looking at ways of making it safer.

Locals say drivers routinely ignore the 55 mph speed limit on the stretch of Green Pond Road, Anderson Mill Road and Climax Road. They run between Routes 57 and 40.

Every single car that speeds by makes Tina Tompkins a little more nervous.

"You see 18 wheelers, tractor trailers, maybe going 65 theirselves going through here and if they were to hit anyone, that would be another casualty," said Tompkins.

In the two years she's lived on Green Pond Road, Tompkins has lost a pet to careless drivers and witnessed a handful of car accidents in her own front yard, including two fatalities. The most recent was just last month when a mother of three wrecked and died, leaving her kids trapped in a totaled car.

"I still don't sleep at night. And I still don't want to be left here alone by myself because it was horrible. It was horrible," said Tompkins.

She won't even let her grand kids wander past the porch.

"It terrifies me to even think that they are out front," said Tompkins.

Next door, Luke Owen lost three dogs on that very same road.

"The family gets attached. And then when you lose something like that, it's hard for the family to get over, especially kids," said Owen.

So the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors has made a request for VDOT to help slow drivers down by widening the road and lowering the speed limit.

"We don't want anyone else to get harmed over there. There is a lot of school bus stops in that area. And like I said, it was a big turn out for that public hearing, so we know the concern is there," said Tim Barber, member of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors.

"I would be ecstatic about it. I think that is what needs to be done. Definitely," said Tompkins.

VDOT has visited the road and is doing a study to find out the needs and costs. Meanwhile, the sheriff's office has stepped up patrols in that area.

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