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Improvements Begin On Route 151 – Triple Fatality Intersection 7.8.10

©2010 www.nelsoncountylife.com : Cars narrow to one lane on 151 in Greenfield passing a sign (lower left) marking the spot where 48 year old Laura Cavedo and her two daughters were killed in August of 2007. [1]

©2010 www.nelsoncountylife.com : Cars narrow to one lane on 151 in Greenfield passing a sign (lower left) marking the spot where 48 year old Laura Cavedo and her two daughters were killed in August of 2007.

Greenfield
Nelson County, Virginia

Three years ago this August 30th, Laura Cavedo and her two daughters, Elschen and Iliana, were killed at the intersection of Route 151 and Greenfield Road (635) while waiting to make a left hand turn. [2] The three were going back and forth to Crozet, moving things into their new home from Shannon Farm.

The accident scene, August 30, 2007, where Laura Cavedo and her two daughters were killed. [3]

The accident scene, August 30, 2007, where Laura Cavedo and her two daughters were killed.

The triple fatality, three of five that year on 151, prompted residents to have something done about the rural and winding two lane highway that sees accidents weekly, some fatal. Speed limits were reduced to 45 MPH on a large section of the highway. [4] The move appears to have greatly reduced fatalities on the highway. Local Board Of Supervisors and VDOT reacted to public pressure [5] that something be done to the intersection after Laura Cavedo was shoved head on into an oncoming van while waiting to turn left on to Greenfield Road. There was no left hand turn lane at the intersection. A Ruckersville man was eventually sentenced to 90 days in jail in connection with rear end collision killing the mother and daughters. [6]

Within the past two weeks, the culmination of all of those changes has started taking place with improvements to the intersection and stretches of Route 151 both north and south of Greenfield Road. Drivers have no doubt noticed traffic being reduced to one lane starting just north of Ashley’s Market and continuing south for about 2/10’s of a mile. Despite severe budget cuts, the intersection improvement were tagged as a top priority by VDOT for improvement. After months of engineering studies and preparation, the work began in late June 2010.

According to the information displayed on the VA511.org website, the construction is expected to continue until at least Mid-September. Click on the image above to enlarge. [7]

According to the information displayed on the VA511.org website, the construction is expected to continue until at least Mid-September. Click on the image above to enlarge.