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Milnwood Road project begins

A $3.7 million project that will increase safety and ease of travel at the intersection of South Main Street and Milnwood Road in Farmville is set to begin this week.

According to VDOT spokeswoman Paula Jones, the purpose of this project is to enhance traffic safety, mitigate traffic congestion and enhance pedestrian safety by widening South Main Street to provide additional turn lanes at its intersection with Milnwood Road.

“The project includes the construction of new intersection roadway, traffic signal reconstruction and adding ADA-compliant crosswalks, sidewalks, curb cuts, and push buttons to assist pedestrians with safely crossing the road,” said Jones.

Jones also noted that the project includes a protected left-turn lane into Tractor Supply Co. for northbound traffic and the same for Milnwood Road traffic headed south.

According to the Commonwealth Transportation Board’s (CTB) SMART SCALE Application portal, the VDOT Six-Year Improvement Program has $238,206 allocated toward the project. SMART SCALE is recommending $2.5 million for allocation, and the town is set to allocate around $900,000 toward the project.

The application also noted that there would be no relocations of homes or businesses, no adverse effect on historic properties and no permits required from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the project.

Pearson Construction, Inc. is the prime contractor for the project and completion is slated for July 2020.