MECHANICSVILLE, VA (WWBT) - A road project that just kicked off in Hanover County is drawing a lot of attention.
Part of Cold Harbor Road in Mechanicsville is shut down right now as crews improve the intersection at Lee Davis Road. The project is causing some confusion and even has the sheriff's office keeping a close watch.
This construction project means some changes for people who typically travel along Cold Harbor Road; you are looking at about a 3-mile detour and 5 to 10 extra minutes depending upon traffic.
Detour signs are up and the sights and sounds make it clear this project is in full swing.
Luz Zarate has worked in the area for more than a year. She says she got a letter about the project and saw it on our newscast, but she was still surprised at its magnitude once work actually started last week.
"The first day I came from Bell Creek Road and the road was closed, so we took a short cut to get here, everything was closed," she said.
"But now we have this entrance open to keep the business open, so we are doing good, but I'm not sure about other people on Cold Harbor."
Cold Harbor Road approaching Lee Davis is closed to thru traffic. That means you can't come through unless you actually live or work right in the area, and it's the only way you can get to your destination.
The confusion has the sheriff's office keeping a close watch on this intersection. Officials are worried that drivers who get caught up in this mess might speed through nearby neighborhoods as cut-throughs.
A construction project of this magnitude is going to inconvenience those living and working nearby, but business owners we spoke with say they hope the overall outcome of this project will be positive.
"We are having the same people come in as always, and we are doing good despite this situation," Zarate said. "In prime time it's very busy here, and we need something bigger, and hopefully they are going to finish at the time they promised."
This phase of this construction project is supposed to be completed in April and the entire project is slated to be completed next summer, July of 2011. The total cost is projected to be about $1.5 million. See this link to VDOT for more information