Major construction projects start this week

By Ben Garbarek - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - This week, two major construction projects get underway - there will be a detour for some drivers on Forest Hill Avenue, and VDOT is changing around some lanes as you get close to the Huguenot Bridge.

Starting Tuesday, Forest Hill Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Roanoke to Forty Seventh Street for two months while city crews replace cast iron gas mains.

Haley Kimmons lives only feet away from where the work will start. She says the construction could complicate her morning commute.

"I use this road every day so I'm a little worried about it."

Kimmons says there will probably be some upset drivers trying to figure out how to get around the construction.

"Just getting to work it's going to affect me and you know, the gas lines, the work has to be done so it's just something that happens every once in a while."

The recommended detour routes you off Forest Hill to Roanoke and turning onto Midlothian Turnpike. With little traffic, the detour took only five minutes, compared to the current two minute drive staying on Forest Hill.

At the Huguenot Bridge, there are some traffic changes that could affect your commute.

Drivers will have to slow down to 35 mph and merge into one lane on Huguenot Road from Three Chopt past the Huguenot Bridge starting on Friday. Pug Michael lives nearby and says he's afraid traffic will backup on the bridge with the latest round of construction.

"I just think I'll not consider this a route if it gets bad. I'll try it, see how it goes at first but I won't consider this a plausible way to get to the south side."

The traffic changes on Huguenot Road will be around for a while. VDOT says these lane changes will be in place until the middle of next year.

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