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Construction Begins on Final Piece of Meadow Creek Parkway

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Major traffic disruptions are on the way for one of Charlottesville's busiest intersections. Almost 50 years after it was first discussed,  construction on the final piece of the Meadow Creek Parkway is underway.

Drivers beware. In about two weeks the busy intersection is going to get even busier as construction teams descend to build an interchange.

The pieces are all lined up to start work on a controversial interchange in Charlottesville - work that will disrupt the intersection for up to two years.

"On a scale of one to ten, regrettably it's a big hit because it is our largest road," said Angela Tucker, development services manager.

The Route 250 interchange project is finally approved and construction is just getting underway at the intersection of McIntire Road and Route 250.

It's the third piece of the Meadow Creek Parkway. The $20.1 million project will put a diamond-style interchange at the intersection.

"This will provide a beautiful and safe gateway into our downtown, that's relatively succinct. That's been our position for decades," said Tim Hulbert, member of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

In the coming weeks, drivers should expect partial lane closures and lane shifts since there is no viable detour around the area.

"There's going to be some confusion with construction going on as early as next week and people need to be patient because it will get better," said Hulbert.

Hulbert asks that, even after 50 years, everyone is patient.

"We do ask people to be patient.  It already does back up during peak hours.  We're going to do our best not to make that too terribly much worse," said Tucker.

The city is hosting a community briefing on the project at Charlottesville High School from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.  Staff members are collecting contact information for people to give them a heads up on traffic changes.

For more information on the project, click here.

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