Richmond-Henrico Turnpike closing causing headaches for locals

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(WRIC) — Harsh weather and heavy rainfall brought damage and destruction to Central Virginia for the past week.

Flooding has damaged the Richmond-Henrico Turnpike near the Hanover County line and has caused asphalt on the road to crack since the storm. 

“I think it’s really dangerous,” said Najeebullah Yusufi, a Henrico resident. 

Yusufi, like many drivers, had no idea the Richmond Henrico Turnpike was closed and wished they had more advance warning before turning on the road. 

Johnathan Moussavou, another Henrico resident, spoke with 8News about the inconvenience that the closing had on his daily activities.

“It might cause accidents and I don’t think that fair,” said Moussavou. 

The turnpike is closed because of erosion as flood water washed away a bridge that was there. Now, concrete barriers are left.

“I mean it’s really inconvenient,” said Moussavou. 

The turnpike is closed indefinitely, which for Yusufi, is a headache.

“I had an appointment with somebody so I might have missed the appointment so I’m feeling sad.”

The Henrico County Public Works Director told 8News that crews can’t even begin work on the road until the water recedes and no one knows when that will be.

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