HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A section of Markel Road in Henrico County is set to close for several weeks as work is done to improve pedestrian safety.

According to Henrico County, the road closure will take place on Markel Road between Byrd Avenue and Willow Lawn Drive. The stretch will be closed beginning Monday, Jan. 16, and is expected to be shut down until around the first week of March.

“The project will install an elevated crosswalk on Markel and provide traffic calming devices and other improvements to enhance pedestrian safety at Markel and Byrd,” the release from the county stated.

It will also benefit the the Faison Center, a non-profit on Markel Road, that helps people with autism. According to Henrico Director of Public Works Terrell Hughes, the county is paying $150,000 for the project. That money came from central Virginia Transportation Authority.

“Really the detour and the road closure mostly impacts thru traffic or cars that are just driving,” Hughes said.

Jesse Ebron works for the Fasion Center. He says the road closure will impact finding parking, but he has a backup plan.

“I do park right up the street here but since we have so much, I guess our parking lot is not a huge deal. I just like the ease of access of getting in and out,” Ebron said.

A detour directing drivers around the work zone will utilize Byrd, Fitzhugh Avenue and Willow Lawn.