Baroody said the median would make the issue moot, but admitted that a short-term solution was needed.
He promised to meet with city officials and transport experts and return to City Hall with a plan.
“Obviously, there is a security concern,” Baroody said. “We’re going to take this seriously and report back to the board in a week or two.”
Laurie Bendall, a city resident who lives on nearby Century Oak Drive, would like to see a “No Left Turn” sign outside Royal Farms. She said it’s a “free-for-all” for drivers to turn left and cross several lanes of oncoming traffic.
She cited the death last month of a pedestrian hit and killed by a vehicle at the intersection of Route 3 and Altoona Drive. She also learned from a conversation with Fredericksburg Police Chief Brian Layton that there have been seven accidents in a 360-foot gap between Oakwood Drive and Wendy’s on Route 3 since earlier this year.
“It’s the biggest clump you can imagine there and we’re going to make it worse,” Bendall said.
Board members Duffy and Chuck Frye Jr. thanked residents for raising the issue. Board member Kerry Devine asked Baroody if there could be a stop on the left turns out of Royal Farms, but was told that more dialogue is needed with transport officials.