Short Pump, is the epitome of a traffic clog and Henrico leaders are hoping to plan and build a new interchange to alleviate congestion.
“I don’t exactly understand it, but we need to do something,” said Cindy Ellis, a 30-year Henrico resident.
She and many others say that the growing Short Pump area has lead to more businesses, drivers and ultimately traffic, at times making it difficult to just get around.
“Even in the middle of the day today, we’re Christmas shopping and it was hard to get out here,” said Ellis.
Henrico’s Deputy County Manager Tim Foster says a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) is wanted at the Gayton Road Bridge.
It would connect interstate 64 with North Gayton Road, giving drivers another option than the exit at West Broad Street.
Foster says the county is preparing a Interchange Justification report to present its case to VDOT and the Federal Highway Administration.
It is projected that $60 million would be spent creating a Diverging Diamond Interchange.
There are 75 DDIs in the country. The first to be built in Virginia was in Louisa; on Monday, another was opened in Roanoke,
Foster says there is another under construction in Blacksburg.
“It’s proven to be extremely efficient,” said Foster about the DDI.
He also says the DDI could be beneficial during rush hour, especially at I-64 at the Short Pump exit because, at times, there can be standstill traffic on the interstate.
If it is approved, the timeline would be lengthy, and the project would either be under construction, or complete by the year 2025.