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895 Airport connector road will open Friday

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - After two years of watching and waiting, drivers can start using this new road tomorrow. In addition to the convenience of a shorter commute, this road opening satisfies a long-term goal of both VDOT and Henrico County.

If you live south of the James, you can now get to the airport and into the skies faster.  Part of 895, the new airport connector could shave 10 or minutes off your commute. The road cuts out four traffic lights on Laburnum Avenue and a railroad crossing.

"Flying used to be a luxury; now it's a necessity and turns into a hassle, and saving 10 minutes hopefully you can get through the security lines a little faster; hopefully it will make your trip a little faster, and a little more enjoyable," said Sean Connaughton, Virginia's Secretary of Transportation.

Both the state and private sector kicked in to pay for this new road. Connaughton said it's not just about air travel. "It's essentially the roads are connecting to the airports, so it's going to help passengers; it's going to help freight."

This new road is also paving the way for future growth and development.

Virginia transportation leaders say businesses already like how easy it is to get between here and the port in Hampton Roads, and the connector just enhances that.

"We are expecting to see dozens of transportation and distribution companies showing up all along that corridor, and this is going to make the corridor even more attractive for businesses to come and locate," said Connaughton.

Varina District Supervisor James Donati says, "economic development clients really look at that when they come to a region, and this just adds to it and enhances those cloverleafs and those access points through our interstate system."

This two year project finished a little bit ahead of schedule at a price tag of $50 million. See more about the 895 Pocahontas Parkway, see this website.

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