The Virginia Department of Transportation is switching a traffic pattern through a construction zone on Route 11/460 in Roanoke County, near Salem.
Starting Wednesday morning VDOT is switching traffic on Route 11/460 (West Main Street) from the eastbound lanes to the newly constructed westbound lanes in the work zone.
The switch took place between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Some businesses said sales have dropped in recent months because of the construction. They feel like customers may have issues getting adjusted to a new traffic pattern.
"I think it's going to slow it back down a bit, but at the same time, it will pick back up and I think with them getting the paving done and things like that it will be a little easier to maneuver around," said Alaina Phoenix.
Phoenix works at Slap Daddy's. It's a restaurant located right near the construction. She said business has been slow but she said the weather has played a role in sales as well.
The project is scheduled to be finished this summer.
Here is the news release from VDOT:
Weather permitting, on Wednesday, March 26, east and westbound traffic on Route 11/460 (West Main Street) in Roanoke County will be switched from the eastbound lanes to the newly constructed westbound lanes in the work zone. The switch will take place between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The new pattern is necessary to allow the contractor to complete work on the eastbound portion of the project. The new pattern will be in place from Route 643 (Daugherty Road) to Route 830 (Technology Drive).
The Route 11/460 project will widen the 2.1-mile section that starts just west of Salem and extends to Route 830 (Technology Drive) to a four-lane divided highway with a raised median and turn lanes. A bridge over Little Bear Rock Branch is included with this project in addition to adding sidewalks to tie into existing pedestrian routes around Fort Lewis Elementary School and providing a paved shoulder to accommodate pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
The estimated completion date is summer 2014.