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Neighbors ready for Greenview Dr. construction to be over

Construction on Greenview Dr. is supposed to be over by Thanksgiving (Photo: WSET)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Construction on Greenview Drive in Lynchburg has been pushed back a couple months from its original end date, but many neighbors in the area said they're just ready for it to be over.

"I can't believe how long it's drug on," said Robert Taylor, a neighbor on Greenview Drive. "We've run out of alternate routes. No matter which way you go, you're still going to be waiting at least 10 minutes trying to get through the intersection."

The VDOT road project has been creating the delays.

"This street has a lot of elderly people and there have been so many times when I couldn't get in and out," said Marion Viar, another neighbor.

Viar said it's been going on for too long.

"You spend more time trying to get out of your yard than you do travel time," she said.

"It's taking a little longer than we initially planned," said VDOT spokeswoman, Paula Jones. "They're widening and improving the intersection in that area. We really think it's going to be beneficial."

Jones said a wet spring and issues with utilities set them back.

"Late August, early September was the original intention of it. We're now looking at having the project prior to Thanksgiving if it all goes well," Jones added.

Some neighbors are looking forward to the changes.

"We get a turn lane which we are so excited about," said Karen Salisbury. "That's what I used to grumble about," Bill Salisbury added.

But all of them are anticipating the end.

"In order for things to get better they have to get worse," Karen said.

VDOT asked that people who live and drive in the Greenview Drive community to continue to be patient with them as they try and finish the project as soon as they can.

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