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State unveils six year road improvement plan

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Transportation officials unveiled the state's billion dollar plan for the roads you drive on every day. In the state's six year improvement plan, the Richmond area has dozens of projects on the list.

If you sometimes wish your interstate commute wasn't so congested or that state road wasn't so bumpy, Virginia leaders say they feel your pain and are ready to take action. Drivers say there's no time to wait.

"With the traffic in the evenings and mornings, it gets piled up and built up. You can barely get through there," says driver James Miles.

He is all too familiar with the headaches at I-64 near the Ashland Road exit heading from Goochland to the Short Pump area. That's where state leaders want to widen the interstate from four lanes to six.

"It's a lot easier. Who wants to wait in traffic and sit in traffic?" said Jeff Wise.

He manages an Exxon in that area.

"There are several asphalt companies over there and when the state starts doing more projects, it helps our business…when they're doing well and they're busy, were busy here," Wise said.

There could be more in store. On Hull Street, there's a nearly $14 million reconstruction project for major widening from Elkhardt to Dixon Street.

Then, there's the bridge over Route 76 and Route 195 near Carytown. It could be replaced at a price tag of $21 million.

"Clearly in the last six years, we have not done enough," said Transportation Commissioner Gregory Whirley.

He says optimistic for what's ahead.

"The issue is getting things done quickly but with quality," Whirley said.

These are plans state leaders are ready to move forward with, but they wont finalize the plans until June. They want to give the public the chance to weigh in, before it's a done deal.

If you have thoughts or have suggestions of your own, state leaders want to hear from you. A public meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on May 28 at the VDOT auditorium on East Broad Street.

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