Chesterfield residents fed up with large construction projects

Chesterfield residents fed up with large construction projects
One woman says the Genito and Otterdale roundabout construction traps her in her own neighborhood. (Source: NBC12)
One woman says the Genito and Otterdale roundabout construction traps her in her own neighborhood. (Source: NBC12)

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Some Chesterfield residents are frustrated with not one - but two - large construction projects that they say often trap them in their own neighborhoods!

The intersection of Woolridge and Otterdale roads is being expanded. And another project causing delays will create a roundabout going near Genito and Otterdale.

Almost everyone can agree - being backed up is not a good feeling.

"It's frustrating," Pam Jones said.

Jones lives off Genito and Hunters Ridge Drive. She says the Genito and Otterdale roundabout construction traps her in her own neighborhood.

Construction workers are serving as stop lights, and cars often block the intersection during rush hour.

"There are times when you have to wait 15 minutes to get out of here, and at times it's even worse because the road is blocked even to get in," she said.

There's also construction on Woolridge to expand it to a four-lane road.

Jones has one question for the county: "Why they would have routed traffic from Woolridge Road, that's closed, onto a road that only has one lane open between nine and four every day," she asked.

The county says it would take too long to do both projects separately.

They've released this statement:

"Due to the long construction duration of the Woolridge Road Widening project, it was not feasible to wait until its completion to begin construction of the roundabout at Genito Road and Otterdale Road. We appreciate the patience of the traveling public as we work to improve the safety of the roads in this area."

Jones says the issue will only get worse when school starts in two weeks.

Chesterfield says The Woolridge Road/Otterdale Road intersection will be closed until Sept. 23, and the Genito/Otterdal roundabout will likely be done by December, but the entire project won't be complete until 2020.

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