March 10, 2014
About a year ago this week, construction began on the Route 250 Bypass Interchange. Drivers who have taken the road in the last few weeks have noticed some big changes.
"This is a constantly-changing traffic pattern area," said Charlottesville City Spokeswoman Miriam Dickler.
Lane closures, orange cones, widening and new lights -- all to help crews working to connect McIntire Road and Route 250 to the Meadow Creek Parkway.
"I just think it looks kind of weird. We were just talking about how we were wondering why they lifted it up," said one driver passing through on Monday.
Dickler can explain.
"What ultimately people are going to see is the 250 bypass going over McIntire Road, and that's what's happening right now," she said. "That's why lanes have been shifted to the side so the area where the bridge will be is free for construction.
While crews work hard to make that a reality, drivers will continue to have to deal with the delays and detours.
'It's a little difficult. It's a little confusing, I'm not going to lie," one driver said. "But I like it so far."
Dickler says it'll make traveling the area even easier for drivers once it's finished.
"It's going to make people not have to stop at a four-way stop light. Once that interchange is done, the Meadow Creek Parkway will also be open, so people will be able to take that straight shot through," she said.
Dickler says the project is on track to be finished by summer of 2015.
For a closer look at what the completed interchange will look like, visit the project's website by clicking HERE.