Editorial: VDOT needs to lower speed at New Kent Route 155 intersection

Last week, three men were killed in a car accident with a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Route 155 and Kentland Trail/Chesapeake Circle in New Kent County.

This intersection has often been the hot topic of traffic concerns. And for good reason.

According to New Kent Sheriff F.W. "Wakie" Howard, Jr., it has been a concern of his for 10 years.

Since 2004, Howard has been writing to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) asking that they consider reviewing the intersection and reducing the speed in that area.

A couple of years ago, the speed was reduced from 55 mph to 50 mph. Howard says that the speed is still too fast, and we agree.

We've traveled the intersection before and we know firsthand how deceiving it can be. No matter what side of the street you are traveling on, traffic is coming from all sides, some of which can't be seen above the hilly roads.

Coupled with the fact that drivers leaving Dairy Queen or Colonial Downs may be unfamiliar with the intersection, it becomes extremely dangerous.

Like Howard said, reducing the speed from 50 mph to 35 mph would give drivers more reaction time to avoid an accident.

If a traffic signal is deemed unfeasible or too costly, the least VDOT can do is reduce the speed. It could save lives and that's priceless.

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