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Drivers say poor street light makes one James City County road dangerous

Marshall said she drives on Monticello quite often and sees the potential issues on this road.

“Especially at night it’s hard to see the runners and bikers,” Marshall said. “There’s not a lot of light, you have to be careful, the runners and bikers will come out in front and it’s hard to see them.”

Director of Public Works for Williamsburg Dan Clayton said there are street lights on almost all city streets, but the stretch of Monticello between Ironbound road and Treyburn Drive in James City County, where many of the issues are, is maintained by VDOT.

Clayton said because there are tons of people who walk in this area, Williamsburg decided to get involved. They hope to start a project soon for a multi-use path between Ironbound and Treyburn, and there will be lights.

It will link the college of William & Mary to New Town in James City County and High Street developmentin Williamsburg.

Williamsburg has been approved for federal funding to do this project. If approved by Council, Public Works hopes to be done with the project by Summer 2020.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) follows the agency’s roadway lighting policy based on the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) criteria and standards.

Similar to traffic signals, lighting must be funded, justified and warranted per the latest AASHTO Roadway Lighting Design Guide, as well as the anticipated benefits and costs documented using Crash Modification Factors (CMF) from the Highway Safety Manual and FHWA CMF Clearinghouse. Additional factors also include interchange importance, weaving volumes and roadway geometry.