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UPDATE: Traffic pattern switch on Route 221 in Roanoke County pushed back to Sept. 4

By Web Staff, news@wdbj7.com
Published On: Aug 21 2013 11:50:37 AM EDT
Updated On: Aug 28 2013 07:24:27 PM EDT

It has been delayed. The change was scheduled to begin tomorrow, but it has been pushed back to September 4th because of rain.

ROANOKE CO., Va. -

A traffic pattern switch for Route 221 on Bent Mountain in Roanoke County has been delayed.

The traffic pattern change was supposed to happen Thursday, but it has been pushed back to Sept. 4 because of rain.

The work is part of a widening project on Route 221. The new traffic pattern will be on the bridge over Back Creek.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 4, northbound and southbound traffic will be moved to the new northbound lanes and bridges over Back Creek. The switch is expected to be completed by early afternoon. Once the change goes into effect, two-way traffic will use the northbound lanes. Traffic will stay that way until the project is almost completed.

The $20.1 million project is scheduled to be finished this fall.

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Original story from Aug. 21

The Virginia Department of Transportation is putting a new traffic pattern in place on Route 221 in Roanoke County.

The work is part of a widening project on Route 221 on Bent Mountain. The new traffic pattern will begin Aug. 29 on the bridge over Back Creek.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 29, northbound and southbound traffic will be moved to the new northbound lanes and bridges over Back Creek. Crews expect to have the work finished by early afternoon Aug 29. Once the switch has been put in place, two-way traffic will use the northbound lanes. This traffic pattern will be in place until the project is closer to being finished.

According to VDOT, the traffic pattern switch will allow the contractor to finish the remaining work in the southbound lanes with minimal traffic impact.

The $20.1 million project is scheduled to be finished in the fall.