VDOT to make improvements to busy Campbell County intersection

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- A more than $3 million VDOT project is about to take off in Campbell County.

Officials held a public hearing on Tuesday to discuss how the project will affect area businesses and homes.

VDOT says it's at the Timberlake Rd./460 Business and Waterlick Rd. intersection which sees more than 30,000 vehicles per day. "It's a very high volume intersection, there's a lot of businesses and residences in the area," said Paula Jones with VDOT.

Dozens of homes and businesses sit along this stretch of road.
Including Mister Goodies which has served up their tasty treats next to the intersection for more than 15 years. "Our sales have just like skyrocketed, we've just been so busy, I mean we've had lines back to the family care back there just always," said Alli Alderman who has worked at Mister Goodies for six years.

Alderman says although dealing with the construction may be difficult, improvements are necessary. "You can't really get out because if you want to get to the other left side lane, everything is blocked off. So a lot of times leaving or even turning in right here gets backed up a lot," said Alderman.

"It's a busy area with Mister Goodies here and all sorts of stuff," added Mckenna Stamm who lives in the area.

Improvements include widening out lanes and extending turn lanes on both Timberlake Rd. and Waterlick Rd. "I think putting some attention towards it would be a good thing just because it is a growing area and a lot of people come through here," said Stamm.

Right now, the project is in the designing phase.

It's slated to start in October 2020 and expected to be completed in a year.