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How COVID-19 is speeding up Richmond road paving project

Posted at 11:37 PM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 23:56:00-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney says the pandemic is actually helping make city streets easier to drive on.

The Chippenham Parkway paving project spans nearly 20 miles and cost $1.5 million.

Stoney said to minimize congestion, the bulk of the paving is being done at night. He said that that light traffic during COVID-19 has helped workers get a lot more done at a faster rate.

"They've been working through the heat, morning, noon, and night to pave roads right here in the city of Richmond. And they deserve all our residence recognition of all the hard work they have done over the last year," Stoney said.

The mayor also provided a list of upcoming paving projects, including major roads like Broad Street and Ruffin Road as well as residential areas including Mosby and Whitcomb Courts, Carytown South, and the Fan District.