VDOT widens Chester road for cyclists, pedestrians

VDOT widens Chester road for cyclists, pedestrians

CHESTER, VA (WWBT) - VDOT is making way for cyclists and pedestrians in Chester. A stretch of Route 10 from Womack Road to the Breckenridge Shopping Center will be repaved, starting Sunday. It's all to create a wider lane for people walking or biking.

The road will be resurfaced and repainted to make a wider shoulder. Right now, the shoulder is almost non-existent in some areas of West Hundred Road (Route 10).

"If you're riding your bike, you just have to ride not too close to the road," said Ike Ogibi, who cycles along West Hundred Road.

Existing travel lanes will be narrowed and shifted over. Fresh pavement and newly drawn lanes will create a five-and-a-half-foot shoulder, for anyone walking or cycling the two-and-a-half mile stretch.

"I think it's awesome. I think they're trying to bring a lot back to the smaller section of Chester. And I think that it will be really good for the local residents," said Melissa Ostwinkle, who lives along West Hundred Road. "As you can see right now, it's always pretty busy on this road, so it will definitely be a good thing."

Drivers can expect some lane closures and minor delays during construction, which runs overnight from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., through December.

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