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Businesses Brace for Impact as Ivy Creek Bridge is Set to Close

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Ivy Corner Garden Center Gift Shop. Ivy Corner Garden Center Gift Shop.
Leslie Lovelace of the Ivy Corner Garden Center Gift Shop. Leslie Lovelace of the Ivy Corner Garden Center Gift Shop.
Scott Ramm of Scott's Ivy Exxon. Scott Ramm of Scott's Ivy Exxon.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Construction crews are readying to get to work on a highly-traveled bridge in Albemarle County, creating concerns with nearby businesses.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is set to update the bridge at Ivy Creek, causing a two-week closure of Route 250. The subsequent detours for drivers will mean less traffic for businesses along the road.

“We are a little concerned because people like to do things the same old way,” said Leslie Lovelace, who is the manager of the Ivy Corner Garden Center Gift Shop. “If they are dependent on coming this way, it’s going to be a slight inconvenience.”

Lovelace says her business relies heavily on through traffic, but is encouraged that there are ways to her store around the construction.

“People make this a stopping point on a lot of trips,” Lovelace said. “Somebody could turn on Barracks road…to Ownesville. It’s probably a five minute difference and it’s a pretty drive.”

While the update comes as an inconvenience to the local businesses, their owners agree that it is for the best. The other option that VDOT was considering is to keep one lane open during the rebuild, but that would bump the construction time up to three months.

“Obviously at some point it’s going to need to be replaced,” said Scott Ramm, owner of Scott’s Ivy Exxon. “If it deteriorates more, then they would have to restrict truck traffic and put weight limits on it.”

Scott’s Ivy Exxon is just feet from the construction site of the 86-year-old bridge and Ramm said he expects his gas sales to be impacted.
“Gotta keep the bridge up,” Lovelace said. “It’s gotta be done and it shouldn’t inconvenience us all that much.”

As added incentive, the construction company is set to receive $25,000 if they get the job done before their goal of July 27.

The bridge on Route 250 over Little Ivy Creek will close to traffic on Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m.

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