Construction to Begin on Midlothian Turnpike

Big changes are coming to a busy section of Midlothian Turnpike between Alverser Drive and Old Buckingham Road.

The county will widen the road in both directions in an effort to alleviate some of the rush hour congestion.

Signs have already gone up to let drivers know about the upcoming construction and residents hope it will help prevent the frequent backups during rush hour.

Christopher Rennie works right off Midlothian Turnpike and says traffic can be a nightmare, especially during rush hour.

“I’ve been looking at it for 10 years,” he says. “Quiet during the day, but it can get busy…congestion going eastbound and congestion going westbound.”

A big problem is the left turn into Alverser Drive.

“It backs up all the way to the hill,” Renne says. “And once you cross over the hill, you can’t really see what’s on the other side, so it does cause quite a bit of accidents.”

It also leads to major headaches for drivers.

“At certain times of the day it can get extremely bad,” says Chesterfield resident Lucy Jones. “It’s backed up. It’s rough.”

“The traffic can get really bad and worse if there’s an accident,” adds resident Christy Bryant.

Chesterfield County reported 48 accidents from Huguenot Road to Old Buckingham Road in 2011. That’s something they hope will decrease with a new $17 million project.

Construction will start to widen Midlothian Turnpike by adding a lane both eastbound and westbound. Engineers say they will also add a left turning lane at the Alverser intersection.

“I think it’s a good idea if it works,” Bryant says. “Anything to help make traffic better.”

“You could alleviate some of the traffic because people could turn off sooner and get to where they’re going quicker,” jones says.

The engineer in charge of the project says they hope to start construction by the end of this year. Most of the work will be done at night, so there will be some delays once that starts.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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