Crews are putting the final touches on a project to transform College Avenue in Downtown Blacksburg into a place for people to gather.
Laureen Blakemore, with Downtown Blacksburg, Inc., says early completion will boost business.
"It's just going to really help," she said. "That'll give the restaurants down here a chance to open up their outdoor dining a little earlier than anticipated."
Crews are well ahead of schedule, expecting to put this project to rest in a little more than two weeks. If it weren't for the rain, officials say it would have been done earlier.
"It's nice to move a project forward and on time, and be able to tell the public that we did what we said we were going to do," said Brandon Steele. "Sometimes in construction, things happen that are unforeseen, so many projects don't come in on time."
Downtown leaders say because of all this open space, they hope to bring in a number of new events on College Avenue.
"We're already looking at a couple of new events just to have on this area that will be another draw to enjoy music or enjoy some performances," Blakemore said.