If you travel Route 11-460 in the Glenvar area of Roanoke County, you're probably no stranger to the traffic troubles that have been there for years.
The widening project started in the fall of 2010 and has since hit some road bumps along the way. Officials with the Virginia Department of Transportation said the project is now behind schedule.
VDOT is pointing the finger at drivers who have taken I-81 at one point or another.
They said motorists decided to take a shortcut around another VDOT project and now the work on 11-460 is months behind.
"I would like it to be finished, but what can you do about it,” said Kayleigh St. Clair.
St. Clair works as a waitress at a nearby restaurant and said while the road work can be annoying at times, it’s actually boosted business.
“We may have lost some customers because of the construction but we've gained so many because of the construction workers so it's kind of leveled out," she said.
Some drivers expressed frustration with the traffic congestion because of the road work.
"I’ve had to sit in traffic quite a few times,” said Johnny Harrah. “At times, it’s gotten pretty frustrating, but I’ve dealt with it."
The project was supposed to be finished by the end of this year, according to VDOT spokesman Jason Bond. The decision by many drivers to not follow the suggested detour put them behind schedule.
Bond said a different project on I-81 forced crews to detour drivers to Exit 132 months ago, but things didn't go as planned.
Bond said drivers tried to dodge the detour and ended up taking Exit 137, which ultimately dumped thousands of cars into the Route 11-460 construction zone.
Both VDOT and the general public are now feeling the effects of that detour problem.
Bond said crews had to rework plans and schedules to adjust to the overflow of traffic and in doing so they were left playing catch up.
"It's been a long time,” said Harrah. “I’d kinda like to live to see it done."
While some are counting the days until all is clear, others don't mind seeing crews out there longer than they had expected.
VDOT hopes to complete the project in spring of 2014.
Officials said they have some wiggle room in the budget to use if the extension will make the project more expensive.