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Supervisors have questions about accidents at Owens and Dahlgren

Supervisors heard a report Tuesday from Sheriff Steve Dempsey about accidents at the intersection of Dahlgren and Owens roads. His report shows 41 crashes in the past 10 years.

His information doesn’t reflect the findings of Virginia Department of Transportation engineers, said Supervisor Ruby Brabo.

VDOT wants to add turn lanes to the intersection—a project that residents and the board oppose. During a July session with the board, VDOT officials said the improvements were needed because most accidents at the intersection involved a car rear-ending another as someone waited to turn off Dahlgren Road.

But the sheriff’s data showed only 10 percent of the crashes were rear-enders. Forty percent were angular crashes, as motorists attempted to turn onto Dahlgren Road from Owens Road or Windsor Road, Brabo said.

She’s afraid the situation will worsen if the drivers have more lanes to cross.

Board members agreed to pass along new data to VDOT and to reiterate that King George officials and residents don’t want the $4.1 million project.

Here’s an earlier story about the controversial Route 206 project.

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