Road Project, Developments Part of Local Growth


AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. - A road project in Fishersville has reached its halfway point. And when the rubber meets the road, it could help boost the local economy.

Route 636 is finally coming into focus for drivers along Route 250 in Fishersville. Several new developments are, also.

"I've seen a lot of growth," said Jalisa Harden, a college student and Fishersville resident. "It's amazing how much diversity is out here. It's really growing well."

That growth is making Fishersville the county's high-growth hub. And that does not appear likely to slow down, especially after Route 636 opens. Also called Lifecore Drive, it will serve as a lifeline to Augusta Health.

The road project is about halfway done, and when it is finished, local leaders say the road will do more than just connect Tinkling Springs with Route 250. They say it will help unlock the economic potential of Fishersville.

"We're going to see that as a pretty dense development, pretty urban - more urban than other parts of the county," said Amanda Glover, the director of economic development for Augusta County. "It's going to be really exciting to see that development happen over time. This road, Route 636 or Lifecore Drive, is really going to contribute to the growth for that area."

The road will help make Fishersville the county's "health care cluster," Glover said. But other opportunities will also open after the road does.

While the progress on the road might just now be visible for the first time, the impact of the growth already has been seen.

"I see a lot of traffic trying to get out of here, going back and forth to school and stuff like that," Harden said.

Route 636 is expected to open in early 2015.


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