HANOVER, VA (WWBT) – The Lewistown Road corridor is one of Hanover County's busiest areas. The slated improvements are designed to help with traffic flow and safety.
Recent development in this area, including the addition of the Bass Pro Shop has increased traffic flow. In fact, the current daily volume is about 9100 cars per day.
"We are standing at the gateway to one of the counties prime economic development zones comprised of North Lake Development and the Winding Brook Development," said Hanover County traffic engineer Joe Vidunus.
The nearly $5-million project, about $3-million of which is coming from stimulus funds, will widen and add travel lanes on Lewistown Road, plus help with flow on and off of I-95.
"Another significant feature of the project will be the continuous right turn lanes coming off and on to the southbound ramps of 95 as well as the extension of the 95 northbound off ramp," Vidunus said.
Right now, you have to come to a complete stop when getting on Lewistown Road from 95 northbound.
Vidunus showed us the project on paper. He says these improvements are meant to deal with traffic over the next 25 years. This is also part of a larger plan to also replace the Lewistown Road bridge-- which was hit and needed emergency repairs several times. That will start in 2014.
"This will be a significant improvement and it will build upon the widening project that is going to take place on Lewistown," he said.
The improvements are scheduled for completion next summer.
"Access will be provided throughout construction but as with any construction project, there is going to be some disruption to traffic, so travelers should be aware of that," said Vidunus.
You can expect to see crews working on this project starting next month. For more information about this project and other road projects slated to begin soon, you can check out the minutes from the latest meeting of the commonwealth transportation board by clicking here.