New Road Should Be Completed by November

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A major construction project in Harrisonburg that was supposed to be completed more than a month ago is still not finished.

The Erickson Avenue - Stone Spring Road connection will connect the east and west sections of Harrisonburg.

Phase three, which will connect South Main and High Streets, was delayed because of a water main break.

Harrisonburg Vice Mayor Charlie Chenault said this road should be finished by the beginning of November.

Crews spent time this afternoon laying concrete along the section closest to Pear Street.

The new road will accommodate bikers with bike lanes, as well as walkers.

Once it's finished, it will help ease traffic in other parts of the city.

Initially, the contractor was so ahead of schedule that the date was moved to September.

"Yes, we did have a major break in a 30 inch water line which had to be repaired. It wasn't anticipated and it wasn't part of the project, but you know, we had to fix something that big. It is important to note though that the contractor is still ahead of schedule," said Chenault.

Once this road is finished, it's supposed to help ease traffic on Port Republic Road and Maryland Avenue.

Phase four will be on the other side of Route 42.

The city is applying for a $2.5 million revenue sharing grant for that.

They'd have to match that amount, but Chenault said that grant would help them get most of that phase finished.


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