HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Road construction has wrapped in one of Hanover County's busiest areas. Improvements to help with traffic back-ups are complete at the intersection of Bell Creek and Pole Green roads in Mechanicsville.
Drivers in this area are excited about the changes, but it's really business owners that are happiest because they say the intersection improvements are driving in more business.
Pole Green Road was widened from two to four lanes, complete with new turning options. Drivers we spoke with say it's easier to get through here now and doesn't take as long.
Jay Johnson owns Your 24/7 Gym, one of many businesses located at the intersection. He said the improvements have helped draw in more people, while before customers were being driven away by the traffic troubles.
"It used to be that you would sit through several lights," he said. "As a matter of fact, some people would go straight through the light, then go down and make a U-turn and then come back to take a right because it took forever to take that left turn down here."
Johnson said people rarely need much of an excuse to avoid working out, so traffic back-ups were costing him time and money. He and gym members are happy about the changes.
"When I do go through the intersection, it's much faster, much faster I don't have wait, especially coming off 295," said gym member Diane Hamilton.
From start to finish, this major road project took about three and a half years.