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Opening of Henrico's North Gayton extension slightly delayed

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

The remedy for Short Pump's rush hour traffic is stuck in its own kind of gridlock. As a result, the grand opening of the North Gayton Road extension is being pushed back.

Since we last visited the North Gayton Road extension, there's no doubt been a lot of progress here. Dusty, unfinished pavement has given way, now, to a smooth, appealing surface. But the work still is not quite complete.

Steve Yob is the director of public works.

"This work is an inexact science in that weather and coordinating with subcontractors can delay things," Yob said Tuesday.

In June, the county estimated this highly anticipated thoroughfare would be open by now. New estimates call for another two-to-six weeks, enough time for paving, striping, and cleaning.

When the work is finally finished, the North Gayton extension will serve roughly 10- to 15-thousand cars a day, relieving traffic in the heavily-congested Short Pump area, especially on Pouncey Tract Road and Broad Street.

The two-to-six week figure remains an estimate, though, with the county hopeful that this extension can be open no later than early Fall.

The North Gayton Road extension was first conceived back in 1997. Work began about ten years later at a cost of roughly $48 million.

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