Wilroy Road detour planned

Published 9:46 pm Thursday, December 29, 2016

Folks who use Wilroy Road can expect a month’s worth of detours in the new year as a portion of the road will be closed for repairs starting Tuesday.

The Suffolk Department of Public Works and its contractors will have the 2200 block of Wilroy Road between Progress Road and BASF Corp. shut down.

A detour in place rerouting traffic along Progress Road and Nansemond Parkway. An electronic sign is in place, warning travelers of the upcoming detour.

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According to Suffolk Director of Public Works Eric Nielsen, the repairs will be closely watched. He said city traffic engineers will be on site to ensure things run smoothly.

City traffic engineers will analyze any issues that arise.

“We will monitor the repairs and do the best we can,” Nielsen said. “We plan to have our traffic engineers in the field observing the traffic related to the closure.”

In order to accommodate the schedule, the road will be closed 24 hours a day. The detour will remain in place for the entirety of the repairs.

According to Nielsen, the project is estimated to take 35 days.

“We are on a tight deadline to finish this project before it gets too cold,” he said. “The project should be finished in its estimated time.”

Nielsen said the repairs are due in part to damages that occurred during Hurricane Matthew, which struck the Suffolk area in October. He said the high tides caused a good amount of damage.

“We closely monitor the roads, and we’ve had this one under inspection,” he said. “There are old steel culverts under the road. Not only are the culverts old, but they need to be replaced; they are deteriorated.”

Nielsen said the repairs are estimated at $550,000. The city is receiving funding for the project from the Virginia Department of Transportation.