Frustrated with Our Roads? Take this Survey

Lynchburg, VA - For the first time ever, Region 2000 is asking you which roads leave you frustrated, and what you would like fixed.

Wards Road in Lynchburg is at the top of a lot of people's lists. But, there are others. This is your chance to put in your 2 cents at a series of forums, even an online survey.

The surveys go out for drivers in all of Central Virginia, including Lynchburg, neighboring counties and Appomattox. It's a simple survey and it takes about 15 minutes to finish. The survey is divided into 2 parts:

1) fixing our roads and

2) making the area walker-friendly.

"I would say Wards Road. It's a little bit congested during office hours mainly. A lot of traffic over there," said Anirban Banerjee.

Different side of town, but same story. Cherita Carney's blood pressure goes up when she drives downtown.

"The traffic is so backed up. You have to wait so long, 10 minutes just to get where you're going. That's a waste of time to me," says Carney.

"We need to find out what are the obstacles, and how can we make it a more appealing option," said Senior Planner for Region 2000, Kelly Hitchcock. She wants to fix Central Virginia's roads.

To get started, she launched the survey. It asks drivers when and where traffic jams happen. The survey also looks into the what you would like to know about two lesser-used modes of transportation: biking and walking.

"As it pertains to pedestrian and bicycle, I think we are going to learn a lot of information," said Hitchcock.

With a pedestrian bridge and new curbing, Wards Road has become more walker-friendly. Lynchburg City has work ahead of it, though. The priorities depend on who you ask.

Take sidewalks. Ask two people, and you get two different ideas.

"Yeah, more sidewalks is a good option, so people can walk. Maybe more biking, a lane for biking," said Banerjee.

"Would you want to walk more to work, or walk more to the store?" we asked Carney.

"Not really," said Carney. Adding he'd rather use his car instead.

The traffic survey will be online until the end of December. Next week, there are a handful of forums where you can tell Region 2000 face to face where you want our roads fixed.

Find the survey clicking here and forum details below:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012:

1. 5 - 6:30 pm

Forest Public Library

15583 Forest Road

Forest, VA

2. 5 - 6:30 pm

Appomattox Public Library

157 Main Street

Appomattox, VA

Thursday, November 29, 2012:

1. 5 - 6:30 pm

Lynchburg Public Library

2315 Memorial Avenue

Lynchburg, VA

2. 5 - 6:30 pm

Campbell County Public Library

684 Village Highway

Rustburg, VA