August 17, 2012
Recently, Crozet residents have enjoyed a newly paved section of Crozet Avenue but only to find out that starting on Monday, August 27th, construction will start in front of Library Road which will include repaving that same part of Crozet Ave.
Virginia Department of Transportation officials said when they recently paved Crozet Avenue as a part of their summer maintenance paving and service treatments. They say it is normal practice to coordinate their schedule with the county's upcoming construction but this time, they don't know exactly what happened.
"We are working on finding out what happened with the scheduling," Stacy Londrey at VDOT, said.
Residents of Crozet were certainly surprised to hear that the same road was being paved again.
"It just doesn't make sense," said Taylor Santiago, who lives in Crozet. "It just happened. I leave my driveway, I get stuck in traffic, I'm late for work and it's just not fun. I mean, if you have to go through Crozet or get to 240, you're going to have to go through the one-lane and backups again," he said.
Ann Mallek of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors says safety and service is very important to her and it seems they have not been the top priority lately.
"It makes me cringe at the waste of money here," Mallek said.
But with all of the cuts VDOT had to make, it has made it harder for them to do the job they were once very capable of doing.
Mallek says that some simple things aren't able to be done as efficiently anymore. "Roads aren't being plowed as we need them to be, contractors can't move anything," she says.
As of now, construction in front of Library Road on Crozet Avenue must continue regardless of the recent paving. On Monday, it will be turned to one lane and the project could take up to two weeks.
Some local businesses are being very positive about this.
"All the construction linked to the master plan of a better Crozet has gone great so far and this will be a strain for a little while but we'll get through it, we always do," says Director of Operations of Mudhouse, Dan Pabst.
"We'll be happy to give VDOT all the coffee they need to get the construction done as fast as possible," he said.
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