First phase of 10th street road improvement project to finish in 2018

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - The first phase of the 10th street road improvement project is winding down in Roanoke.

Work on the first phase of the 10th street began in summer of 2016 and crews are now working on the finishing touches.

According to VDOT, phase one is a $12-million project from south of Fairfax Avenue to just north of Andrews.

Driver Edward Elliott likes what he sees so far. "I really like what they are doing and I see the purpose in what they have done."

VDOT has been working to improve 10th street with a two-phase $22 million dollar project that includes a new road, provide curb and gutter, sidewalks and bike lanes.

"The 10th street project in Roanoke has been a long time coming that's a great project we are finally going to finish the first phase on," said VDOT spokesman Jason Bond.

Crews have opened up the road for drivers, while they work along the side of the road.

"We appreciate people's patience, we're glad we're winding down that project."

Elliott hopes when the road is done it won't flood as easily as before.
"A lot of times when it rained it was treacherous with a lot of quick flooding, I think what they have now I don't think we'll have the same problem as before."

While construction did cause growing pains, Elliott thinks it will be worth it in the end.

"Because we will be very appreciative when the days ahead come."

The second phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2019.