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Businesses Upset Over Tasley Roundabout

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TASLEY, Va. - The first ever roundabout on Virginia's Eastern Shore is in the process of being installed.  And while work continues, traffic is detoured away from the intersection which has some near by businesses upset over the loss of potential customers.

The $1.08 million dollar project got under way at the end of the summer.  The roundabout is going at the intersection of Business Route 13, Route 316 and Route 126 in Tasley.  The purpose of the project is to make the area safer for drivers.

"They are pretty popular in other areas of the state and other areas of the country where you have four roads or more coming into an intersection and it is a possible confusion with left turns and right turns and all that.  And that is what they are trying to do here, alleviate some of that confusion," said Mike Hawker, the project foreman.

As work continues on, traffic is not permitted down the normally busy roads.  However, just beyond the intersection is an outdoor advertising business where employees say things have slowed significantly.

"The traffic is stopped almost dead so we are primarily  billboard company and we just started doing commercial signage so any of our drive-by customers have pretty much been erased up until they get this thing finished," said Seth Matthews.

Forest Drummond owns an auto body shop just down the road and said that he has experienced much of the same.

"I would have rather it been something that could have been done a lot quicker of course and not effected the businesses on this road," said Drummond.

Officials on the work site said drivers have also been complaining about the detours and getting themselves turned around quite a bit.  But crews said the project has had very few delays and is on scheduled to be complete by Nov. 14.

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