VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - There is good news and bad news when it comes to traffic in a busy section of Virginia Beach. The Good news: the city wants to get rid of the feeder lanes in the Hilltop neighborhood. The Bad news: it will cost millions to make that happen.
The feeder lanes run parallel to Laskin Road and the city wants to remove them by expanding Laskin Road to eight lanes.
"I can probably mark 30 accidents at this light at this intersection," says Joe Taylor who, President and CEO of Taylor's Do It Center, which sits near the feeder lanes.
Taylor's Do it Center is one of Virginia Beach's oldest businesses, dating back to 1927 -- the same year Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs. He says more cars than he can count turn into his business' parking lot to get back to the light, so they can take a left to head west on Laskin Road -- instead of using the feeder lanes.
"People think it's a through lane when they stop. They hold up the traffic and they don't want to wait," Taylor said. "Total confusion -- imagine what a tourist thinks when they come to this town. They get on the feeder roads, they are scared to death, you got to feel for them."
But not everyone is opposed to the feeder lanes
"I love them. When I heard about the plan [to get rid of them] it raised a few eyebrows. It sure did," said Joe Haring, a local resident.
City officials think the feeder lanes fail to serve any useful purpose and have become a safety concern. They are actively searching for money to fund getting rid of them, but say it could take until at least 2015.
You can read more about the plan in a fact sheet on the City's website.
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