Opening date for new Petersburg Transit Center delayed

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - A multi-million dollar project in Petersburg has hit a roadblock. The city's new transit center was initially scheduled to be finished in May of last year. Now, the opening date has been pushed back again.

The transit center building is pretty much good to go on the inside. It's what's on the outside that's causing a problem. Construction crews are ripping up recently laid concrete. They're correcting a major mistake.

"This latest problem is clearance. The grade is incorrect on the exit and entrance to the bus station onto Wythe Street. Therefore, it doesn't give the buses enough clearance. So, buses would likely scrape the concrete when entering and exiting the center," said city spokesperson Joanne Williams.

The $18 million project is now eight months behind schedule and counting.

"There's been a lot of problems. Some you anticipate with any new construction," said Williams.

The opening date has been pushed back twice since construction began in January 2008.

"I'm wondering what's going on," said city resident Stephanie Foreman.

Foreman is eager for the center to open its doors. She's disappointed with all of the delays.

"People won't have to wait outside for the bus anymore; they can wait inside," said Foreman.

Once it's complete, the transit center will be a hub for Petersburg Area Transit, GRTC and Greyhound buses.

"I was very glad about them finally building us a new station and everything. It seems to be a little slow. I know they say it'll open soon," said city resident Denny Courotin.

City leaders say they hope this most recent delay will be the last.

"This station represents major revitalization in this area. The city wants it right and wants a quality job for taxpayers," said Williams.

The transit center is now expected to be up and running this spring.

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