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New road hits another speed bump
Four-lane to Woodbury faces more delays
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Rain and utility problems have again pushed back the opening of the four-lane to Woodbury with contractors still hoping to complete the project before the end of the year.“We were hoping for a November completion,” said TDOT spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn of the 12.4-mile, four-lane project from Newtown to the top of Woodbury Mountain. “Because we had more rain than we expected during the first two weeks in October, which is usually a dry period, and because of unplanned utility relocation delays, it has once again put us behind."While the entire project may finish before the end of the year, Flynn said motorists may be traveling on the westbound lanes before the end of the November.“If the weather is cooperative, our project supervisor estimates it will be approximately three weeks before traffic is transitioned to the new alignment.”Once traffic is shifted to part of the new road using the westbound, outgoing lanes, it will take another month or so for workers to complete the eastbound, incoming lanes so the entire highway can be opened for four-lane traffic. Before the transition, Flynn noted, contractors will have to bring up the asphalt layers to the desired grade.