A new thoroughfare designed to relieve some of the traffic in Short Pump is nearly complete.
The North Gayton Road extension will reach over Interstate-64 and join Shady Grove Road, taking thousands of cars off of West Broad Street.
It's been two years since our last progress report on the project. The bridge now reaches all the way over I-64. You can see sidewalks, bike paths and clearly defined travel lanes.
Rob Tieman is with Henrico County's Department of Public Works.
"It's progressing very well," Tieman said.
The project was approved back in 2005. Work began in 2007. It was designed to make life easier for thousands of drivers, but not everyone was happy about it.
In 2010, the county obtained land from private property owners in what was reported -at the time- to be a contentious condemnation process. Eventually, the matters were settled and the road, as expected, changed the landscape dramatically.
Easier said than done.
"Within five years, this road will be taken from beginning through completion, which is very fast for a road project," Tieman said.
Engineers anticipate 10,000 vehicles a day soon will use the new thoroughfare.
"I think the public will be extremely excited when this road opens," Tieman said.
The North Gayton Road extension is expected to open in August. Its cost was estimated to be approximately $48 million, paid entirely with county dollars through a 2005 bond referendum.
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