Airport Road Now Open to Traffic

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va.--- Neighbors driving near Mt. Crawford can now travel on Airport Road. It opened back to through traffic on Friday after being shut down for nearly two years.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, a truck hit and damaged the bridge over North River forcing the road's closure in 2011.

The new bridge has two lanes and it is wider than the previous one. The $4.6 million project also eliminated two sharp curves near the bridge.

Buck Smith, who lives on Airport Road, said he is pleased with the outcome of the project. However, he has concerns about the project not fixing a stretch of road in front of his home, which has a sharp turn.

"It is good to have it open but it is going to make a lot more traffic and it is going to make it trickier to negotiate this turn," said Smith.

According to VDOT, before the construction, 1,500 cars traveled on this road every day. By 2035, this number will increase to 2,172 vehicles,

VDOT plans to make additional improvements on this road, including straightening some of the curves.


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