Virginia Beach, Va. (WTKR) - A project that will double the capacity of a part of Holland Road in Virginia Beach is now underway.
Construction started Monday on the stretch between Dam Neck Road and Nimmo Parkway.
The project will add an additional lane in each direction, expanding Holland Road from two lanes to four.
Work includes clearing the area of trees, placing underground pipes and burying utilities, as well as grading and paving the new roadway.
The $31 million dollar project was awarded in October 2014.
VDOT says access to homes and businesses along the route will not be impacted during construction.
Forefront Church is right along the widening route.
Lead Jason Bedell says the project is actually what drew the church to the Holland Road location last year.
"We were looking at different properties around Virginia Beach. We saw that this property became available and one of the things that was nice was being able to see that they were going to widen it, which for us as a church it brings more people that will be able to interact with our church and be a staple in the community," he told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo Thursday.
The widening project is scheduled to be finished in October 2017.