Dangerous road in Bellevue gets some safety changes - WSMV News 4

Dangerous road in Bellevue gets some safety changes

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Police have responded to dozens of crashes on Hicks Road so far this year. (WSMV) Police have responded to dozens of crashes on Hicks Road so far this year. (WSMV)
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A dangerous stretch of road is getting some attention after crashes there turned deadly this year. Metro Public Works added warnings signs and rumble strips to encourage drivers to slow down.

Neighbors told News 4 they wonder if it will help.

"The strips were just put down last week, so it's a little early to tell. But I'd rather they would have put it a little closer to our driveway because that's where it will get somebody's attention more," Greg Grafelman said.

Grafelman and his wife Eileen have lived in the Woodside subdivision off Hicks Road for 17 years. They love the scenic area but said getting out of their subdivision is risky. The Grafelmans said they roll down windows to listen for cars coming before pulling out.

"It's a really windy little turn, and if you're not aware of it and you're not paying attention, you could just run right over somebody," Eileen Grafelman said.

In August, a 61-year-old man crashed his motorcycle on Hicks Road and died. News 4 learned that Metro police have responded to nearly 30 crashes on Hicks Road since January.

"The worst problem is that there's blind spots going around the bend on the road," said neighbor Bob Jackson.

Neighbors said they were happy to see warning signs go up along with white stripes marking the edge of the road, but they feel more is needed.

"The best thing they could do is put a light down here at Hicks and Old Harding. Everybody has that four-way stop, and I've seen people run right through it," Greg Grafelman said. "Really they just need to put a real light down there."

Some neighbors said their mailboxes were destroyed due to drivers speeding and crashing. The latest crash happened at Hicks Road and Highway 70 South on Nov. 5 before Metro Public Works made the changes.

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