From NBC12 News
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A major paving project gets underway today along a busy stretch of Interstate 64.
In about a year, your ride will be a whole lot smoother traffic or no traffic. VDOT will be repaving and repairing the 5.5-mile stretch between the Bryan Park Interchange and Parham Road.
The project will affect both the east and westbound lanes.
Drivers need to be prepared for overnight ramp detours and weekend lane closures in that area during this project.
If you travel through this area, you know there are a lot of potholes and problems.
VDOT knows that as well, but drivers have mixed reactions to the work.
"Well this was the area that was in the greatest need," said Taya Jarman of the Virginia Department of Transportation. "We do studies to figure out which area has the biggest needs, and this was the area that is highly used."
"There are two ways to look at it, number one, it's costing the state money, number two it's also putting money back in people's hands and getting the work done," said Steve Criswell.
"I don't know, spending that kind of money to fix five miles of road, maybe it could be used towards something better," said Rachel Dismore.
And get this. Once this work beings today, it'll be the first time this part of I-64 will be repaved since it was built in the 1960's.