Continued Concerns Over Intersection

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

August 21, 2006

The residents near the three-way intersection at Cleveland, Cherry and Willard have voiced complaints for years about the high rate of speed drivers travel near that area, but even after the city attempted to correct it, they're still unhappy.

"This is just one instance where the city has ignored a very dangerous intersection. There are 4 roads that meet here, there are cars that travel 40 to 50 mph every day," Renita Banks, who's lived there for 20 years said.
So the City of Charlottesville created a traffic controlling sidewalk to help alleviate the problem of speeders.

"Initially staff was responding to some concerns about the way that the roads come into that intersection together and create hazards for pedestrians," Councilman Dave Norris said.

When the church members then began complaining about the new addition, the city once again attempted to help by removing what they're referring to as a "traffic controlling tongue".

"We realize now that there wasn't enough neighborhood consultation when the "tongue" was installed," Norris continued.

However, now citizens are upset with the sharp debris that remains, both for their own safety, and that of others.

"It's very unsafe because [there are] cars coming down through here and [they're] speeding, and if they lose control at the curb [and hit the] loose gravel, somebody's going to turn over," resident Celestine Cooke said.

Councilman Norris also said that now that they are aware that residents are still unhappy, they are working to clean up the debris and said a crew will be out as early as next week.

Another reason that this intersection has received so much attention is because buses from four different schools drop off at that location.

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