Work begins on Meadowcreek Parkway
After decades of debates, petitions, public and not-so-public meetings, the Meadowcreek Parkway is finally becoming a reality. A crew is making way for the much fought-over connector by cutting down trees and moving utility poles on Rio Road– the first actual, physical work ever done to bring to fruition plans for the road that will run from the intersection of McIntire Road and 250 to Rio Road near Dunlora and CATEC.
"Right now we're completing utility relocations, making the final land acquisitions, and advertising for bids for the project, and we expect to break ground in spring 2009," says VDOT spokesperson Lou Hatter.
In all, the project will cost $68.5 million in city, county, state, and federal funding, with the most expensive component being the new interchange at 250 and McIntire. Sen. John Warner (R) secured a $29.5 million federal earmark for that in 2005.
If all construction moves according to schedule, motorists could be driving on the new road as early as spring 2012.