Henrico Development Brings Traffic Concerns

Henrico County is experiencing a growth spurt. There are 321,374 residents in the county!

And Short Pump is one of the county’s fastest growing communities…with new neighborhoods, stores and businesses going up all along West Broad Street.

While that may be great for business, it will mean more traffic in an already congested area.

Over the next two years, big retail stores will go up along West Broad Street, including Wegmans Grocery and Cabelas Sporting Goods.

Those stores are part of two huge projects that will bring more people and more traffic to western Henrico County.

Everyday 25-50,000 cars travel along Broad in Short Pump. With all of the new development coming to this part of town, there’s no question traffic is going to increase and the roads are going to get more congested.

“Traffic is going to increase obviously with each development all of them are going to have a significant increase in traffic but Broad street can handle it”, says Henrico County Traffic Engineer John Cejka.

Cejka says Broad Street’s six lanes can easily carry all of the traffic the new businesses will attract.

But if the idea of driving along West Broad, near Short Pump Town Center, still makes you cringe, Cejka suggests you try the new extension of North Gayton Road. It opened in 2012 and it connects Twin Hickory, Shady Grove and Pouncy Tract to West Broad.

He says, “The idea was to alleviate traffic congestion along the Pouncy Tract corridor going along the mall area. This gives a back entrance to the mall. Direct access off North Gayton Road to the back side of the mall and to Broad Street going to 288.”

There are also plans to add a road that runs from North Gayton directly to the new developments, so folks will be able to bypass Broad Street entirely.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond 


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