Henrico drivers call Route 5 commute ‘a nightmare’ as repairs continue

Henrico County

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Department of Transportation says Route 5 (New Market Road) in Henrico is expected to remain closed for several weeks. The wait for the repairs will last longer than residents in the area were expecting. 

Heavy rains damaged the road over the weekend. 8News spoke with commuters about how they plan to manage the detours. Local drivers said if you travel on Route 5, your commute could take an additional 15 minutes to get around the closure. 

“Well, it’s been a little bit of a nightmare,” one local driver said. 

As of Friday afternoon, the Virginia 511 website stated the work would be completed at the end of July. 8News called VDOT, who said they are hoping to open the road much sooner if the weather permits. 

“The way it looked down there, I figured it would be awhile. I saw all the steel down there with the crane and just knew it wasn’t going to be a quick fix,” Tripp told 8News. VDOT originally said the road would be closed until further notice but residents said they weren’t expecting the work to take this long. The detour along Longbridge Road, in or out of Henrico, could add at least 15 minutes to a driver’s commute. 

“It’s frustrating for people on the other side,” Tripp said, “who have to go a long ways out of their way.”

VDOT says the repairs are necessary because of the rain damage. 

“All we can do is rely on them to do the right thing,” Tripp told 8News. “Sometimes, I think they need to look at priorities and the elderly people in the area.” 

Drivers are encouraged to use the following detour routes:

  • Eastbound New Market Rd. (Rt. 5)- Take Roxbury Rd. (Rt. 106) north to Pocahontas Trl./E. Williamsburg Rd. (Rt. 60) west to I-295 south back to New Market Rd. (Rt. 5) west.
  • Westbound New Market Rd. (Rt. 5)- Take I-295 north to Pocahontas Trl./E. Williamsburg Rd. (Rt. 60) east to Roxbury Rd. (Rt. 106) south back to New Market Rd. (Rt. 5) east.

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