When ReThink9 construction began on March 6, the coronavirus pandemic was just starting its spread across Virginia.

As stay-at-home orders radically reduced commuter traffic, the Town and its contractor Archer Western—in collaboration with VDOT—revised the project’s sequence of work and moved to a complete road closure to accelerate all phases of construction, including the completion of Hillsboro’s Safe Drinking Water project months ahead of its schedule and eliminating two full closures planned in fall 2020.

The project moved into its daily partial open phase in August, facilitating morning commuters and weekend tourism traffic through the work zone. Daily closures continue to ensure safety in the tight work zone.