Neighbors along a quiet Charlottesville street are voicing their concerns after they say detoured cars are creating a dangerous situation. Speedy drivers down Monte Vista Avenue have already killed two pets.
A small group of people living on Monte Vista Avenue in Charlottesville protested during what they determined rush hour to be, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday afternoon. They held up signs encouraging people to slow down in their neighborhood.
"We've become very congested and it's become pretty dangerous. It's a very quiet, narrow street," said neighbor Claire Goodman. "My neighbor right across the street had his dog killed just a couple of weeks ago, which is very traumatic. There's been a kitty killed as well."
Neighbors living on Monte Vista Avenue are posting signs to make drivers passing through more aware.
"This was sort of taking it into our own hands and seeing what we could accomplish," Goodman said.
Construction work to improve curbs, sidewalks and drainage on Old Lynchburg Road - which sits parallel to Monte Vista - is detouring drivers during the day.
Neighbors are taking their concerns about the increased traffic and speeding to Charlottesville police.
Lt. Ronnie Roberts, spokesperson for the Charlottesville Police Department, said, "Can't do much about the volume while the road itself is being detoured but we can actually address those issues of the driving motorists that have a tendency of push it over the posted limit and of course ignoring some of the traffic regulatory matters."
Charlottesville police sent out a department-wide message about monitoring speed and increasing enforcement along the road on July 12. They are now trying different enforcement tactics to curb some of the dangerous behavior.
"We've tried a number of different approaches that is to have the speed monitoring sign put in place over there. We've had an unmarked car in the area that was actually was monitoring some of the activity as well as speed," Roberts said.
Neighbors and police hope cracking down helps save a life.
"People just need to slow down and pay attention and look out for the kids and the animals," Goodman said.
"You may be just passing through for the temporary time while the road construction is taking place, but be considerate of the other people that live there that reside there every day," said Roberts.
The city of Charlottesville did not have an estimate on when work will be done on Old Lynchburg Road. Until then, neighbors and police just want drivers using Monte Vista to be alert and aware.
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