Traffic light urged for deadly intersection at Rts. 205 and 218

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 5:44 am

By Nathaniel Cline
Staff writer

The lives of two individuals were lost last week after a two car crash accident in King George. Community members are now seeking support from the state to install a traffic light in one of the busiest intersections in their hometown.
On May 6, the Virginia State Police reported that an accident at the intersection of Route 205 and 218 in King George resulted in two fatalities and one injured driver. This road is most often used by those traveling to and from various areas in Westmoreland County.
Sherry Lee, a widely-known fundraiser is coordinating the rally for a traffic light. She is the daughter of deceased passenger Paul L. Lee, 76, of Colonial Beach, who was traveling with her sister-in-law Jodi Graham, 19, of Fredericksburg. The two riding in a 1996 Chevrolet crashed into Kevin Blakley, 38, of King George who was in a 2008 International Box Truck as they were entering onto Route 205 off of Route 218.
“This has to come to a stop,” Lee said. “We’re not asking for a cure, we’re not asking for thousands of dollars, we’re asking for a light to save lives to prevent more deaths.”
Lee said she has learned that community members have urged road officials to install a light there before. Turning left onto Route 205 from the stop sign of Route 218 is the most challenging, Lee said.
“We will not give up. That light will go up in memory of those who have lost loved ones there,” Lee said.
The two-day rally for a light at the intersection of Route 205 and 218 will begin on May 25 and resume the next day, beginning each day at 10 a.m. Lee said she will continue to rally for a traffic light until such one is made.
Chris Warren Jr.  Founder of Footprints for the Future and former NFL running back for The Seattle Seahawks, The Philadelphia Eagles and The Dallas Cowboys, made his concern about the intersection visiting Lee following the accident.
“As the Founder of Footprints for the Future, safe roads are a minimum per-requisite for the youth and this wonderful community we anticipate to work with,” says Warren.
Warren, who will be offering his football development camps to local high schools, is also encouraging schools to endorse the call to action.
“Too many people of this community have suffered already. How much more light in our hearts need to be turned off before the appropriate authorities take this matter serious,” Warren said.

Traffic study

The accident in King George on May 6 comes after another accident occurred at the intersection of Route 205 (James Monroe Highway) and 628 (Stoney Knoll Road), both within a five-mile radius of each other. Injuries or fatalities were reported.
VDOT procedure requires a traffic study as well as a review of accident data before installing a traffic light. According to  VDOT administrator Dave Brown, the minimum cost to install a light at the intersection would be $250,000. A traffic study is expected to be completed in June.
At the intersection of route 628 (Pomona in one direction, Stoney Knoll in the other) and route 205 has stop signs in two directions and flashing yellow and red lights as traffic controls. There are also warning signs on 205 with a suggested safe speed limit of 45.
Readers are encouraged to weigh in on the subject by submitting letters to the editor. Email wmneditor@lcs.net or fax 804-493-8009.
Email VDOT at fredericksburginfo@vdot.virginia.gov, phone 1-800-467-7623 or mail at VDOT
Traffic study
The two car crash accident in King George on May 6 comes after another accident occurred at the intersection of Route 205 (James Monroe Highway) and 628 (Stoney Knoll Road), both within a five-mile radius of each other. Injuries or fatalities were reported.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) procedure requires a traffic study as well as a review of accident data before installing a traffic light. According to  VDOT administrator Dave Brown, the minimum cost to install a light at the intersection would be $250,000.
A traffic study is expected to be completed in June.
At the intersection of route 628 (Pomona in one direction, Stoney Knoll in the other) and route 205 has stop signs in two directions and flashing yellow and red lights as traffic controls. There are also warning signs on 205 with a suggested safe speed limit of 45.
Readers are encouraged to weigh in on the subject through submitting letters to the editor. Email wmneditor@lcs.net or fax 804-493-8009.
Thoughts on the traffic light can be emailed to fredericksburginfo@vdot.virginia.gov, phone 1-800-467-7623 or mail at VDOT Communications Office 87 Deacon Road Fredericksburg, VA 22405.

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