Flooding on Midlothian Turnpike to eventually stop

By Gene Petriello - bio | email | facebook

RICHMOND, VA. (WWBT) -- With the heavy rain we are seeing today, there is some flooding and big puddles on Midlothian Turnpike. But, soon authorities say that will not be a problem, as a major project to fix the road is underway. That project, though, is going to take some time to complete.

Everywhere you look on Midlothian Turnpike it is hard to miss the massive puddles that seem to keep getting bigger as the rain continues to fall.

In fact, recently things have gotten so bad our cameras have been rolling when cars have been swallowed up and when people were rescued from feet of water.

Things aren't that bad today and soon the city says these problems will go away.

"That's a good thing because the road is raggedy," said Charles Brown. He would know. Charles Brown drives up and down Midlothian often.

Recently, he says that drive is getting worse. "I'm definitely hitting more puddles, more splashes. I could do without the flooding."

Other drives agree. "Anything to keep it from flooding overall is a good thing," added Shayla Pittman.

The city hears that. That's why a massive construction project is underway to get rid of the flooding problems we are seeing now. You just have to be patient.

"We do caution people in the area when it rains heavily because it is dangerous," said Sharon North, with the City of Richmond Dept. of Public Works.

Already, Reedy Creek has been widened. Now, underground storm drains are going in. It's the first step in getting rid of this rainy day problem.

"It's been an ongoing issue for decades. And, little by little, it's been a lot of phases to get to this point," said North.

Many are looking forward to the finished product, but Charles says he's heard the same story before.

Gene asking Charles, "Cautiously optimistic?"

Charles says, "Yeah, definitely. That's a good word."

But the city vows it all will be worth it. The project though is not expected to be finished for a couple of years, though.

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