Posted by MAXIMUS
The Colonial Heights/Chester/Petersburg/Prince George Corridor that abuts the Appomattox River is quickly becoming the Tornado Alley of Central Virginia. In 1993, a Tornado struck Old Town Petersburg, the Wal-Mart in Colonial Heights, and the tall Varina/Enon Bridge of I-295 area of Chesterfield.
Fast forward nearly fifteen years later, a Tornado strikes the Target and other stores at Southpark Mall in Colonial Heights, VA. The tornado touchdown in Colonial Heights, VA in 2008 is located appx. 200 yards away from where the tornado landed in Colonial Heights, VA in 1993.
The localities that abut the Appomattox river in this condensed area are: Chesterfield, Prince George County, Colonial Heights, Petersburg, Hopewell, Charles City, Fort Lee, and Dinwiddie.
Given the propensity of tornado's in this area, why is the Kaine Administration, specifically the Commonwealth Transportation Board, cutting the Route 10 expansion project from the six year transportation plan when this heavily congested corridor plays such a vital role for the ingress and egress of public safety vehicles that respond to natural disasters? Traffic on this stretch of Route 10 tends to back up two miles during peak times--such as the time of yesterday's tornado touchdown. Every second counts when our first responders are rushing to travel to the scene of massive injuries, like the 18 that were experienced in Colonial Heights yesterday. When a disaster strikes of this magnitude, a regional response is in order to deal with the aftermath. Public Safety vehicles from adjoining jurisdictions rush to arrive on scene to help out the locality where the disaster happened. Slowing the response time of our first responders by failing to ensure that our roads are not congested is an enduring sorry legacy of the Kaine Administration.
In denying funds to expand a critically congested route of ingress and egress that first responders depend upon in Central Virginia's Tornado Alley, The Kaine Administration is jeopardizing public safety and carelessly gambling with lives. The Kaine Administration's legacy is to value Pre-K programs for the children of illegal immigrants over Public Safety enhancements for tax paying citizens.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Gov. Kaine rejects Road Expansion in Tornado Alley...Jeopardizing Public Safety Response Time and Lives
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