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End to a major road project in Mechanicsville

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Work on a number of improvements is complete at the intersection of Lee Davis, Cold Harbor and Walnut grove Roads. 

You can see that crews are putting on some of the very finishing touches, but the intersection itself is now open to drivers, and people living and working in this area couldn't be happier about it.

It's a sight months in the making.  No more road closures and detours at the intersection of Lee Davis, Cold Harbor and Walnut Grove Roads in Mechanicsville.  We were there last fall before the work kicked off.  Folks we spoke with then were happy something was being done to address the dangers and make it easier to travel through the area.

Eugene Bordonie, who works in the area, says, "I've seen accidents; we can hear them inside our building sometimes when they hit, and it's definitely not a good thing."

We were back in December when work was in full swing and Cold Harbor was closed unless you lived or worked in the area.  Nearby businesses saw fewer customers and the 3-mile detour tacked about 10 minutes of extra time for commuters like Glen Anderson who's happy now.

"I avoided it for several months, and I'm going to be using this intersection quite a bit.   I can't wait to use it; I can't wait to get on it and see how things go especially during busy hours," he said.

In April, Cold Harbor reopened and part of Lee Davis closed as crews finished up a number of intersection improvements.  As many as 25,000 cars travel through here each day.  That high volume is what prompted new traffic signals and turn lanes which will help increase safety, especially when it comes to fender benders.  Those traveling through are excited about the upgrade.

"It wasn't anything like this; the lanes were real narrow; people would drive on the wrong side of the road to get into left turn lanes; they were driving on shoulders; it was everybody for themselves just about," Anderson said.

This intersection upgrade was a $1.5 million project.

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