HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- While the road itself has yet to be expanded, preparation work on Harrisonburg's Reservoir Street project is underway.
Crews are working to relocate utilities and prepare properties they already own before construction starts.
Drew Williams, an assistant director of public works for the City of Harrisonburg, said they think it will take six months to a year before they can start construction.
Contractors cut down trees Monday. Other trees along Reservoir Street are marked with X's will be taken down as well.
The city still has 20 to 25 more properties it doesn't own and will have to buy.
Williams hopes the project will ease neighbors' concerns about traffic in the area.
"The project, when it's going to be done, it's going to be a temporary inconvenience for hopefully a permanent improvement for traffic flow around that area," said Williams.
On the stretch of Reservoir from city limits to Neff Avenue, the road will be widened to four lanes with turning lanes and there will be a sidewalk on each side of the road.