New road project set to get underway in Henrico County

By Andy Jenks - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - The next big idea for reducing Short Pump traffic, is set to get underway. Construction on the North Gayton Road extension is expected to begin in just a few weeks. If approved by county supervisors, the two-year project would create a new way of getting around the far West End.

Sometimes - there just isn't anything nice to say about Short Pump traffic.

"It is a horror show. We don't even come here. On Saturdays it's like a parking lot," said John McGill of Midlothian.

"Probably one of the worst intersections is Pouncey Tract and Broad. So many stop signs and stop lights," said Roy Yamamoto of Short Pump.

Having heard all the complaints for years, Henrico's Public Works Department is getting set to build the latest attempt at making things better. The North Gayton Road extension includes a bridge over I-64, and a path all the way to the neighborhoods off of Shady Grove Road. A new interchange with 64, though, is not part of the plan right now.

"We are excited to build it as quickly as we can, because we know it will be used and is needed in the area," said Rob Tieman, Public Works Capital Projects Coordinator.

Eventually, it'll make the new North Gayton one of the most traveled roads in Short Pump.

"We anticipate that when Gayton Road is open it will have slightly under 10,000 cars per day on it," Rob said.

The work is expected to begin in August, and finish up by the end of 2011, which for some drivers, can't come soon enough.

"I think it's too long in coming. Just like 288 was," John said.

Neighbors will have the chance to weigh in on the project, at a public hearing this coming Wednesday night. County supervisors will have to approve the project before it can move forward.

A public hearing is scheduled for this coming Wednesday, July 29, at the Henrico County Government Complex. The meeting begins at seven p.m.

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