$14.2 million project includes new alignment near Laburnum, sidewalks, better drainage
With construction equipment staged nearby, Henrico County officials gathered today to celebrate the start of work to improve Creighton Road between Sandy Lane and North Laburnum Avenue.
The county’s $14.2 million project includes realigning 0.4 miles of Creighton, making it straighter and safer and widening it to a four-lane, divided roadway. The new road will include sidewalks on each side as well as curb and gutter. Drainage improvements throughout the project area will address chronic flooding.
In addition, Creighton’s intersection with Sandy Lane will be upgraded, and a new section of Dabbs House Road will be built, bringing its intersection with Laburnum farther south from where the roads currently connect.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Frank J. Thornton, of the Fairfield District, and Vice Chairman Tyrone E. Nelson, of the Varina District, joined other officials at the groundbreaking ceremony, which was held at the site where Dabbs House will be extended. Creighton serves as a dividing line between Fairfield and Varina.
“Despite being surrounded by development, this stretch of Creighton Road has remained a narrow, rural road – with dangerous curves and bends, no shoulders or sidewalks, inadequate sight lines and poor drainage, which often results in flooding during heavy rains,” Thornton said. “With this project, we are addressing each of those concerns.”
The project builds on work completed in 2016-17 that replaced Creighton’s narrow bridge near the former Glenwood Golf Course, which is now rezoned for a 290-home residential development called The Fairways.
Nelson welcomed the next phase of upgrades and said the new sidewalks on Creighton and the Dabbs House connector will help residents access nearby stores and services, including the new Fairfield Area Library, East Clinic and Eastern Henrico Recreation Center.
“This area and the families who live here are more than ready for these improvements,” he said. “Pedestrians have literally worn a footpath along Creighton.”
The project is expected to be completed in 2025.
For more information: henrico.us/projects/creighton-road-improvement/.