Unpainted Horsepen Road worries some Henrico drivers

Posted at 5:47 PM, Oct 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-18 19:27:53-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - A three-quarter of a mile stretch of Horsepen Road is being repaved, but some drivers are worried about what's not there yet: street lines.

“I'd have to say it's been a couple weeks now,” says Thomas Hardy, who walks over to the 7-11 on Horsepen a couple of times a week.  “Actually the other night I almost saw an accident.”

 Hardy hopes the lines are laid soon and thinks a lack of lines can create confusion.

“I think if you had the lines in the street to determine the middle of the street, the two lanes on one side and two lanes on the other, it would make a difference,” says Hardy.

Henrico County Public Utilities is overseeing the project.

Project managers say the resurfacing of the street is actually a byproduct of a sewer rehabilitation project that began in the area around this time last year.

In order to replace sewer mains, they have to dig up parts of the road.

With repaving almost complete, officials expect the roads to be relined very soon.

“Well that don't bother me because I know it's two lanes going one way and two lanes going the other,” says James Hervey, who used Horsepen Rd. as a cut through off Broad St.

Henrico County traffic engineers say they have no set timeline for when roads are restriped, other than once repaving is complete.

Amanda McGee lives near Horsepen Rd. and has seen the project move along its course towards completion. 

“Usually their out here every night instead of some projects you see them leave a couple of weeks.  So I feel like their working on it pretty fast,” says McGee.

Henrico Public Works officials say a contractor is working with the department of Public Utilities on the Horsepen Project.