Proposal for New Intersection in Tightsqueeze

VDOT has a new plan in the works to make a restricted crossing U-turn at the intersection of Tightsqueeze.

The plans are to get rid of the stop lights at the intersection and create an exit instead. To get to the other side of the road drivers have to take a right on Highway 29 and take a U-turn at Heath Landscaping

“I think the plan is a terrible idea,” said Johnathan Sims, senior. “There are no problems with how it is set up now and that’s the way it should be kept,” said Sims.

“It is ridiculous that if I want to go to Danville, I have to make a U-turn and go back up highway 29,” said Austin Smith, senior.

VDOT says that this could reduce accidents as there has been 22 accidents in the past five years.

“I’ve never seen anyone wreck there,” said Devon Satterfield, senior. “I think this new plan will cause more accidents because of how clustered they made the blueprints,” said Satterfield.

“Instead of a U-turn they should add a stop light at the congested areas to reduce the amount of traffic,” said Miranda Quarles, college advisor at CHS.

A design public hearing will be held Tues., May 23, 4-6 p.m. at Chatham High School, 100 Chatham Cavalier Circle.