‘We’re all going to have to deal with it’: Virginia Tech workers to start work on Richmond road repair

Virginia Tech, which has been hit by several natural disasters this year, will begin working on a project that will address one of the most deadly and devastating natural disasters in its history.

Richmond Road will be closed for about four weeks starting Sunday, the Virginia Tech Department of Transportation said.

The Richmond-based school’s students and faculty will receive first aid training in the weeks to come.

The project is part of the school’s ongoing effort to restore and rehabilitate the roadway following the September 2011 flood that killed 14 people and caused more than $1 billion in damage to the town.

The road has been closed since then and is expected to reopen in the coming weeks.

Richardson Mayor Jim Wilson said the work will provide a temporary bridge to help ease traffic for drivers.

“This bridge will be used by people who need to use the roadway to get from one end of town to the other,” Wilson said.

“We are trying to be proactive in terms of what’s available and we’re going to do whatever we can to make sure the public has a safe experience.”