ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - The Virginia Department of Transportation is considering a new safety measure for the James River Bridge after a recent rash of crashes on the bridge culminated with a fatal crash earlier this month.
The Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office gave WAVY.com the accident reports last week , and it showed there have been more crashes on the JRB since the steel grid was installed early this year.
20-year-old Kayla Williams crashed on that section of the bridge earlier this month after it had been raining. Her parents believe the rain made the grid slippery and caused the crash.
Many upset citizens want VDOT to install studs on the grid deck to give it better traction for car tires. They say VDOT added studs to the old grid deck after a similar rash of accidents, but VDOT did not include studs when it designed the new steel grid.
A VDOT spokesperson told WAVY.com the new steel grid was designed that way because it has a larger surface area than the old one, which negates the need for additional traction.
However, VDOT is revisiting the problem and the possible addition of studs because of that increase in crashes. VDOT's study will be completed in the next two weeks, and it will include specific steps about how VDOT plans to make the bridge safer.
You can count on 10 On Your Side to let you know what VDOT decides.
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