Road work in Carytown all this week

By: Sunni Blevins - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you frequent Carytown, then you likely know that even a minor hang-up on its busy one-way street can create some trouble.

The city says minimal delays are anticipated, but business owners and shoppers in the area aren't convinced.

The orange cones are out, and the no parking signs are already up.

Starting Monday at 9:00 a.m., Richmond's Department of Public Utilities will be closing the right lane in front of 3322 West Cary.

It will be shut down every day through Friday until 3:00 in the afternoon for water service installation.

It's a time some say is crucial for business.

"You would always hope that timing is better but I guess it's for the greater good," said Manager of the Watergrill, Brian Satterfield. "We've just got to persevere and get through it."

The city says one lane of traffic will be kept open at all times and signs and barricades will direct drivers and parking will clearly be restricted.

It appears this project ties into a future business.

Satterfield says that's good for the long term, but this could affect his bottom line right now.

"It will definitely maybe affect us a little bit, but hopefully with our good food, people will come and persevere through the one lane anyway," he said.

The city expects minimal delays, but some feel differently because of our long stretch of beautiful spring weather.

"People are going to be out on the streets frequently the businesses, foot traffic, car traffic, it's going to pick up," said Carytown customer Neil Clinebell. "If you take that down to one lane, it could be an interesting situation."

Satterfield says his business has been booming, so he's looking on the bright side.

"I think that one of the things that we are fortunate with is that we have a parking deck right here on Crenshaw, and that allows us a little bit more public parking access," he said.

This project is expected to wrap up Friday afternoon.

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