ROANOKE, Va. -

Be prepared for a new traffic pattern near in Roanoke County starting Friday.

The change will be on Colonial Avenue (Route 720) in Roanoke County at the entrance to Kroger. This is the Kroger near Bojangels in the Cave Spring area.

The eastbound left lane on Colonial Avenue in front Kroger will become an exclusive left turn lane. The lane is currently a through lane and left turn lane.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says the change is intended to improve traffic flow and safety at the intersection.

The traffic pattern switch will go into effect Friday once line painting has been finished and signs have been removed.

NOTE: A previous version of this incorrectly reported that the traffic pattern change was near the Towers Shopping Center. WDBJ7 regrets the error.

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Here is the news release from VDOT:

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will implement a traffic pattern change on Route 720 (Colonial Avenue) at the commercial entrance to Kroger. The change is expected to be in place on Friday, July 19, once line painting has been completed and the signs have been removed. The traffic change is dependent on weather and work schedule permitting.
The change entails designating the existing lane on eastbound Colonial Avenue at Kroger that serves as a through lane and left turn lane as an exclusive left turn lane. The change is intended to improve safety and help with traffic flow at this intersection.