Drivers expected to say goodbye to the orange cones along Route 460 in the fall, but construction is delayed for several more months. Business owners on the route say the project has affected their bottom line and can't wait until next spring when it's finished.
"It's made it rough, so I've been looking at possibly moving locations with a larger building and less congestion," says business owner John King.
King says he's lost about 30 percent of his business since construction started and is expecting to lose even more with the delay.
VDOT has made an effort to be on time and on budget with their projects: in the past five years, two out of 13 major projects in Southwest Virginia were delayed, four were finished early, and the rest were on time.
Ten of the projects exceeded their contracted budget, but VDOT says in their terms, it's all considered within budget.
"VDOT puts about 10 percent contingency in place for contractors and our budget to anticipate those fluctuations and cost," says VDOT spokesman Jason Bond.
Some of those fluctuations include prices of materials, such as asphalt.
Even though all the projects are to help improve the area, store owners like King say it can be tough on them.
|Project||Location||Contract Begin Date||Contract End Date||Actual End||Contract Cost||Actual Contract Cost||Misc.|
|Route 601||Roanoke Co.||Mar-05||Oct-07||Sep-07||6,979,921||7,644,787||early|
|Route 651||Roanoke Co.||Aug-06||Nov-07||Oct-07||3,266,553||3,533,883||early|
|Route 811||Bedford Co.||May-07||May-08||May-08||1,805,451||1,813,899||on time|
|Route 614 Bridge over Back Creek||Roanoke Co.||Feb-08||Sep-08||Sep-08||290,561||290,561||on time|
|Route 221 Widening in Forest||Bedford Co.||Jul-07||Nov-09||Dec-09||15,397,521||15,840,165||late|
|Route 114||Montgomery Co.||Jan-09||Oct-10||Jul-10||4,184,961||4,333,412||early|
|Route 220 Bridge||Henry Co.||Jul-08||Sep-10||Aug-10||3,103,968||3,133,757||early|
|Colonial Avenue Improvements||Roanoke Co.||Feb-09||Aug-10||Oct-10||3,091,460||3,146,887||late|
|Route 8 Stuart Connector||Patrick Co.||Jul-09||Jun-11||Jun-11||2,698,487||2,850,982||on time|
|Etzler Road||Botetourt Co.||Oct-10||Sep-11||Sep-11||1,797,439||1,802,403||on time|
|Route 738||Botetourt Co.||Jan-11||Sep-11||Sep-11||849,957||874,430||on time|
|Route 58 Hillsville Bypass||Carroll Co.||Fall 2007||Nov-11||Oct-11||83,000,000||83,000,000||on time|