It is lined by craters, construction, and often congestion – work on the Boulevard is now underway to realize a vision 15 years in the making. But drivers and businesses will have to wait another 15 months for construction to end, with a completion date set for November 2014.
"I hope in the end, this will be worth it," said Pear Branch, owner of What-A-Burger on the Boulevard. "We've been open for more than 40 years. Fourth generations are coming. But they don't feel comfortable out here, and they tell us they can't figure out how to get into the business."
According to Brian Copple, Colonial Heights assistant director of public works, construction is on schedule. In an interview Thursday, Copple said the section of Boulevard near the new courthouse will open in October, in tandem with the $23 million building.
"This is a coordinated project where we're also replacing all the sewer lines and drainage systems underneath Boulevard," Copple said. "It's a little pain in the near term, but it will be a beautiful part of the city when it's done."
The road project totals $11 million, and will widen Boulevard to accommodate increased traffic levels. The Boulevard modernization project also includes landscaping work, new street lighting and wider sidewalks.
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