Woolridge Road causeway opens Friday

By Matt Butner - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - It's been over a year in the making, and now a long-awaited road project in Chesterfield is nearing completion. The section of Woolridge Road that crosses Swift Creek Reservoir has been upgraded and widened. The county says the project will enhance safety and improve the flow of traffic in that area.

Even as the ribbon was being cut, crews were busy Thursday morning putting the finishing touches on the new and improved Woolridge Road causeway.

"It was a very tight, two-lane road, and it was very difficult for vehicles," said Marleen Durfee, Matoaca district supervisor. "There were times, many times, when the water would go over the road."

Starting Friday, drivers will enjoy four lanes of passage across Swift Creek Reservoir. The road has been raised and a buffer put in place to keep the waters away.

"When you're at this level, now you get to appreciate the view of this reservoir, and of course it serves the purpose of being able to move traffic a little more," said Durfee.

The project is about more than just improving the causeway. In the bigger picture, it will help provide better access to the Powhite Parkway and other parts of the Richmond metro area.

"There are times when there's a backup on Hull Street, if there's an accident or something's occurring - what other road can they use? This is the road to do it with," said Durfee.

The next step would be to make similar improvements to the rest of Woolridge Road, which is still a two-lane, winding thoroughfare. Adam Frank lives in Woodlake, just off of Woolridge. He doesn't mind the way it is now, but he's looking to the future.

"I've got kids on the way," Frank said, "so it's one of those deals where, yes I like the two-lane road, but it's so busy that I would like a four-lane road with lights and stuff just to make it safer, easier for everybody involved."

The county says Woolridge Road could get upgrades, but not in the near future. The current phase is wrapping up right on schedule- construction began last March, and was expected to be done by the end of this May.

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