Next phase of Hanover road project now underway

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - The next phase of a major construction project in Mechanicsville is now underway. Crews have been working at the intersection of Lee Davis and Cold Harbor Roads since this winter. Cold Harbor has now reopened to traffic, but Lee Davis will be shut down for the next couple of months.

Studies show some days 25,000 cars travel along these roads, and that high volume is what's prompting change. This project will improve traffic signals and add turn lanes to increase capacity and safety, especially when it comes to fender benders. The project has certainly meant delays for drivers, but most folks we've talked with along the way remain excited about the end result.

"Any improvement is always good, and it's going to help us in the long run; I think it's going to be something good for the community and it's going to make it a whole lot safer," said Shawn Shurm who works nearby.

Once things got rolling, and Cold Harbor was shut down except to people who lived or worked in the area, things were confusing for several weeks. The Sheriff's Office sent out extra patrols in search of drivers speeding through neighborhoods as a shortcut. A spokesperson says they had very few problems, but they'll ramp up efforts again now that Cold Harbor's back open and Lee Davis is closed. This closure will mean a 10 minute detour as you take Mechanicsville Turnpike to or from Creighton Parkway over to Creighton Road.

This construction project will wrap up in July.

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