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VDOT to study Lynchburg Expressway safety flaws

Monday - 11/11/2013, 7:50am  ET

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- State transportation officials plan to review the Lynchburg Expressway for safety flaws and present solutions to the city.

The expressway has four of the top 10 points for car crashes in Lynchburg in the past five years.

Virginia Department of Transportation project manager Rick Youngblood tells the News & Advance (http://bit.ly/1bi9usP ) that the study will identify locations that are particularly troublesome.

He says several off-ramps lack acceleration lanes onto the expressway. Bridge modifications also are needed because several are too low by today's standards.

Lynchburg traffic engineer Don DeBerry says the roadway was designed in the 1950s.. He says a lot of its problems wouldn't exist if it were designed today.

The $350,000 study could take up to a year to complete.

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Information from: The News & Advance, http://www.newsadvance.com/


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