Work to begin next week on major Mechanicsville intersection

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
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HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - VDOT wants to make sure people understand the impact of a major road project in Hanover County.  Work on a number of improvements is about to kick off at the intersection of Lee Davis, Cold Harbor and Walnut Grove Roads.

People living and working in this area of Mechanicsville say this intersection is busy and dangerous, so while the construction might be a pain for a couple of months, they are happy about the long term goal.

Work will begin Tuesday Nov. 30, weather permitting.  This project will add left and right turn lanes in all four directions, increasing capacity and safety, especially when to rear-end crashes.  Mechanicsville native Eugene Bordonie has worked at Hometown Realty for more than 15 years.  His office is located right at that intersection.

"I've seen accidents; we can hear them inside our building sometimes when they hit, and it's definitely not a good thing," Bordonie said.

Numbers from the Sheriff's Office revealed 31 accidents here in the past three years.  Employees at this office says they know construction will impact traffic short term, but they're excited about the end goal.

"Fortunately, we have two entrances to our parking lot here, so that should help a great deal, allow us to get in and out," Bordonie said. "I'm sure they'll work with us and make it as convenient as they can."

Shawn Shurm, who also works at Hometown Realty says, "it definitely will give it more of a dedicated lane when you turn left and people don't have to kind of rush to get by other people when you have to yield, so I definitely think that will be a good improvement."

Drivers will see detours once construction begins.  Expect some wait times as people get used to that.

Traffic counts show that as many as 25,000 cars pass through here on any given day.

Shurm says, "it can get very busy especially in the mornings and then you have a lot of traffic in the afternoons with people coming to and from work."

This project is slated to be complete next summer, July of 2011. The total cost is projected to be about $1.5 million.

VDOT is hosting an informational meeting about this project Monday, Nov. 29, at the Mechanicsville Library, located at 7461 Sherwood Crossing Place.

You can go anytime between 6 and 8 p.m. and talk one on one with a VDOT representative. The flexible format is designed to fit your schedule. See this link to VDOT for more information.

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