UPDATE: Three Chopt Road reopened after pothole repair

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - The Henrico County Department of Public Utilities advises motorists that Three Chopt Road between Thamesford Way and Church Run Parkway has been reopened to traffic. The area had been closed to repair potholes caused by heavy rain earlier this week.

Crews were working to repave parts of Three Chopt Road in Henrico's West End, after Thursday night's heavy rain caused several potholes to form.

In fact, Kay Martine and her car almost fell victim to these potholes last night.  "It was huge. I was driving up and it was huge and I almost hit it. So, it was very dangerous."

Luckily her car wasn't damaged. Today, she came out to see what it looked like in the daylight. But walking down here was quite a challenge, with all the extra traffic coming through.

"People are stopping asking how to get out of the neighborhood. They asked me this morning, where do I go?," says Kaye.

Emily Koye was one of the many people turned around during the morning commute.
She was driving through here for the first time. "Obviously, no one wanted it to stop everyone is going to be a little inconvenienced at 9 a.m. but you do what you have to do."

Crews say the rain overran a ditch and crossed the road. That caused a patch of pavement to develop the potholes.   The area affected was already under construction and the pavement that crumbled was just put down on Wednesday.

Pothole problems also frustrated drivers yesterday on Interstate 95 northbound near Route 288. Two lanes were closed and that caused a traffic nightmare. But before this morning's commute, crews were able to finish a temporary fix and open the lanes again. A more permanent fix will be placed over that pothole soon.

Meanwhile back on Three Chopt, Kaye is taking some extra precautions during her walk.

"Obviously very cautious," she says. That, thanks to the rain that left some big potholes on the road overnight.

VDOT says they are not sure when they will put a permanent fix on the I-95 pothole sometime in the near future. But, we do not know exactly when that will happen.

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