HDPT Construction Nears Completion

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Construction at the Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation is slowly coming to a close.

The original building was built in 1983, but after expanding more than four times, all operations were moved into a much larger building next door.

The new maintenance building will help service more than 600 vehicles around the city, including school buses, fire trucks, police cars and JMU buses.

Reggie Smith, who has been the director of the program for more than 40 years, said the program has continued to grow, as the number of services the city provides expands.

"Like watching your kids grow, it is just something that happens. Then, all of the sudden you say 'Good Lord.' and to come out here early in the morning and walk out when everything is cranking up and you say, 'if I had known what I was getting myself into, I would have never gotten into this,'" said Smith.

Smith said the winter weather has pushed back the opening day for the building. They hope to have everything moved over by the summer.

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