Changes could be coming to Sandbridge Road

Posted at 11:34 PM, Dec 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-10 23:34:10-05

Virginia Beach, Va. - "We've been playing with fire people have been getting hurt," Virginia Beach Carl Strass told NewsChannel 3.

That's the consensus when it comes to Sandbridge Road -- that the road's current design is dangerous.

"The road we are on now it curves all over the place," another resident, Randy Zehmer, said.

But those curves could be no longer.

The city's come up with a $20 million dollar plan that would straighten the road's curves.

That's not all. The city wants wider lanes, shoulders, a bike path, and to elevate the road so it doesn't flood.

However, the most important thing is to make it safer.

"There's been fatalities numerous accidents over the years. This is a good segment of roadway and a high priority for the city to fix," transportation division manager Phillip Pullen told NewsChannel 3.

One of the deadliest recent accidents happened back in 2014.

A woman and three children died in an accident and three other kids were injured.

It's a crash that people who live in the area will never forget.

"There have been many accidents. Nothing as fatal as that particular accident. We all grieve for the people who lost their lives and the children who were impaired," Beach resident Fran Dennis said.

If the city gets the funding they need, construction could start in 2018.