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Utility line work begins on Woodys Lake Road prior to major road reconstruction project

Utility line work begins on Woodys Lake Road prior to major road reconstruction project

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Trojan Road

A curve at the intersection of Woodys Lake Road and Trojan Road is an area of concern some Madison Heights residents raised during an April 2018 design public meeting at Monelison Middle School on a planned reconstruction project for about a mile stretch of Woodys Lake Road.

Construction recently began on relocation of water and sewer lines to accommodate a Virginia Department of Transportation project to improve Woodys Lake Road in Madison Heights.

The Amherst County Service Authority is is replacing existing piping, installing a six-inch water line with a new 8-inch line, and also is preparing for future sewer extensions along Woodys Lake Road and into neighboring areas, according to a newsletter recently sent to local residents.

Work began June 29 and is set to continue into late November from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. During water line construction, residents of Woodys Lake Road, Trojan Road, Valleydale Drive and Hilldale Drive may experience changes to their potable water, according to the newsletter. The changes are not harmful to residents’ health but could affect the results of normal household activities such as laundry or washing dishes, the notice states.

Prillaman & Pace, Inc., of Martinsville, is the contractor and Hurt & Proffitt, Inc., a Lynchburg engineering firm, also is involved in the work. Anyone with water quality issues related to the project can contact the authority’s director at (434) 221-8757, the project manager at (434) 546-6156 or the construction foreman at (276) 734-4058.

VDOT previously has announced plans to reconstruct Woodys Lake, which it described as narrow, curvy and uneven in causing difficulties for motorists and pedestrians, a $7.8 million project targeted for construction in 2021 and possibly into the following year.

The road construction will affect traffic around Monelison Middle School, as the intersection of Trojan Road will tie into the work.

Amherst County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent William Wells has said the division will work with VDOT on travel routes and plans for getting bus traffic in and out of Monelison while the road is being reconstructed. VDOT estimates six to eight months for the road project and the division is expecting four to five months of issues with traffic, Wells told the Amherst County School Board in January.

Bus traffic from Trojan Road to Woody’s Lake is expected to be redirected toward U.S. Business 29 temporarily, Wells has said. That would include working with law enforcement to briefly halt traffic on the highway so buses can get in and out of Monelison at the beginning and end of the school day, he said.

The road construction work would extend from U.S. 29 Business to about 0.9 miles east and would consist of reconstruction of two 11-foot lanes with four-foot shoulders and variable-width ditches, according to VDOT.

Woodys Lake Road accommodates traffic to Walmart and other retailers, the middle school, athletic fields, a collection of subdivisions and the Madison Heights Community Center.

Reach Justin Faulconer at (434) 385-5551.

Reach Justin Faulconer at (434) 385-5551.

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