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Aug. 20, 2010



TRAFFIC ALERT: OPENING OF COLONIAL AVENUE IN ROANOKE COUNTY DELAYED

SALEM – Wet weather has delayed the opening of Route 720 (Colonial Avenue) in Roanoke County for at least a week.  A portion of Route 720 (Colonial Avenue) has been closed to through traffic between the entrance to North Cross School and Route 1991 (Colonial Place Drive) since Monday, June 14.  The road was expected to open on Monday, Aug. 23.  It will remain closed at least until Aug. 30th.

“Crews are working to reopen the road as quickly as possible.  However, much of the work we’re doing now is weather dependent.  The wet weather has slowed progress on the job and could continue to do so next week,” said Robbie Williams, P.E., acting district construction engineer.  “If we get some help from mother nature in the form of dry weather, we hope to reopen the road by Aug. 30th.”

Crews are working to make sight-distance improvements on Colonial Avenue.  This is the second phase of the Colonial Avenue improvement project.  Last year crews constructed a roundabout at the intersection of Colonial Avenue and Penn Forest Boulevard.

The following detours will remain in place:
From the intersection of Colonial Avenue and Route 419:
Drivers should follow Route 419 (Electric Road) north to Route 221 (Brambleton Avenue) to Colonial Avenue.

From the intersection of Colonial Avenue and Brambleton Avenue:
Drivers should follow Route 221 (Brambleton Avenue) to Route 419 (Electric Road) to Colonial Avenue.

Signs and electronic message boards are posted to advise motorists of the detour.  

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