We have a traffic alert for drivers in Roanoke.
Starting on May 8, construction is set to begin on Colonial Avenue from Overland Road to Winding Way Road.
Traffic in that area will be reduced to two lanes during construction, which is expected to take 18 months.
Drivers are being asked to avoid the area if possible.
Here is the press release:
Roanoke, VA – Construction work for the Colonial Avenue Corridor Improvement Project, between Virginia Western Community College and Fishburn Park Elementary School, is scheduled to begin on May 8. As a result, traffic changes will occur on Colonial Avenue from Overland Road to Winding Way Road. The traffic pattern will be reduced to two lanes of travel, with one lane maintained for each direction. Travel restrictions will be in place for the duration of the project, which is 18 months. The public is encouraged to avoid any unnecessary travel through this area and to seek alternate routes when possible.
This project is a collaboration between the City of Roanoke and Virginia Western Community College to complement improvements being made on the campus to include the new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) building. It is also a partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia, City of Roanoke, and the federal government, and is fully funded with various funding streams to include SMART Scale funding – the new State grant program.