Three Major Road Projects Could Cause Delays
Reporter: Rachel Schaerr | Videographer: Daniel Heffner
Lynchburg, VA - You may want to dodge three major road projects affecting traffic in the Hill City this week.
Work started on Wards Ferry Road Monday. Tuesday night, crews began work on Fort Avenue, and bridge repairs have been slowing traffic on Candler's Mountain Road for weeks.
Work on Candler's Mountain is expected to go into late November.
VDOT picked this time of the year because it will have the least impact on traffic.
For the next two months, a section of Wards Ferry Road will be shut down to all through traffic while crews replace two culverts. On day one of construction, driver after driver found out the hard way.
"Doesn't help at all since I gotta go all the way around," said David Vernon, shaking his head.
Until Friday, milling and paving work on Fort Avenue will reduce traffic to one lane from 6 p.m.to 6 a.m.
Not far from there, work on the Candler's Mountain Road Bridge is expected to continue for another five months - shutting down one westbound lane and left-hand turns into the Shaker's parking lot.
"To look down there and see the traffic going as far as you could see in both directions was like, 'Oh boy,'" said Bob Plunkett, director of operations at Shakers.
"This is the major time of construction, not just road construction, construction in general," said Paula Jones, VDOT spokesperson.
The reason? VDOT says schools are out, traffic is down, and paving projects do better in warm weather. It's work that has to be done.
"It's a cumbersome project for Candler's Mountain Road. But the alternative is not real good either," said Jones.
Businesses and drivers just hope construction stays on schedule.
"Frustrating to say the least," said Vernon.
"Hopefully we're worth the trip, worth the wait to get here," said Plunkett.
VDOT hopes to have all lanes on the Candler's Mountain bridge open in time for holiday shopping this November.
To stay up to date on possible delays, you can go to VDOT's website. 511virginia.org