Columbia Road construction causes delays

By: Domonique Benn
By: Domonique Benn

August 8, 2006

Construction delays on Columbia Road are causing a big headache for drivers.

It's all a part of upgrading the road after replacing the bridge at Crawford Creek on Columbia Road.

While resurfacing is being done, traffic is now down to one lane, and some drivers say it is a bit of an inconvenience.

As crews work to make a part of the road smoother, drivers say their trip is anything but smooth.

It's a traffic hold up that's backing up schedules for drivers on Columbia Road.

Suzanne Austin lives in the Orchard Hill subdivision and is stalled every time she approaches Columbia Road.

"Sometimes it's inconvenient, especially if you are on your way to work," she says.

This is the third and final stage of the Columbia Road and bridge project.

"You just have to wait your turn, because it's one way, one lane road, so you have to wait until they say okay it's your turn to go...and sometimes that can be 15 minutes," Austin says.

As a pilot car takes one lane through the construction zone, the other lane must wait...and that is wearing on drivers.

"With the hold ups and delays, unless you get behind one of those asphalt trucks, sometimes you can't get through," says driver Tyler Leonard.

But some drivers say it's the final result that they are waiting for.

"If it's going to make it better," says James Richey. "It's worth the wait."

Major construction on the road is expected to be complete by the end of August.


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