VDOT crews near completion along Bent Mountain Road after two years

POSTED: 01:58 PM EST Dec 24, 2013    UPDATED: 07:45 PM EDT Oct 30, 2013 
VDOT crews wrap up construction along Bent Mountain Road

After nearly two years of detours and construction, the coast is clear near Bent Mountain.

The Virginia Department of Transportation began construction back in 2010 to try and alleviate traffic along the 'S' curve at the base of the mountain. Now, drivers are finally seeing the results from all the work.

The project is not completely finished, but most of the cones and equipment are gone in the area.

VDOT spokesman Jason Bond told WDBJ 7 crews are winding down and are in the process of putting on the finishing touches.

The goal of the project was to widen the lanes to help alleviate the traffic congestion.

Crews ended up widening the two lanes to four lanes between Crystal Creek Drive and Cotton Hill Road. Workers constructed a left turn lane on Cotton Hill and a right lane from Cotton Hill to 221.

VDOT also built two new bridges.

According to Bond, workers ran into a problem during the construction of the project that pushed the completion date behind by a few months. He said one of the slopes failed and they had to go back and do additional work.

Everything should be cleared by the end of November, at the latest.

The project came with a price tag of $20.1 million.