Otterdale Road Drainage Improvements - Horsepen/Blackman/Otterdale Branch


County funding has been identified to address existing drainage issues on Otterdale Road between Woolridge Road and Genito Road. Preliminary engineering to address the Blackman Creek, Horsepen Creek, and Otterdale Branch crossings is complete and the study information is listed below.

Information Meetings

The selected road design-build contractor (Kokosing) will be holding several pardon our dust meetings to discuss upcoming detours and the full closure of Otterdale Road. Please visit the Otterdale Road Drainage Improvements project website to sign up.

  • The contractor's first public meeting was a virtual format and was held on Feb. 17, 2022.
  • A virtual resident information meeting was held May 20, 2021, and a link to the recording can be found below.
  • A second live-streamed resident information meeting was held May 25, 2021, and a recording of the livestream can be found below.
  • An in-person resident information meeting was held Aug. 17, 2022, at Cosby High School to discuss details of the crossing 2 Blackman Creek detour.
  • An in-person resident information meeting was held April 11, 2023, at Cosby High School to discuss details of the crossing 3 Otterdale Branch detour.

County staff is also available to meet individuals virtually or in-person by appointment; email the Transportation Department.

Traffic Impacts

Phase 1: Otterdale Road is anticipated to be closed to traffic during construction. Phase 1 Horsepen Creek is open ahead of schedule.

Phase 2: Weather permitting, the Phase 2 Blackman Creek Detour is currently scheduled to open the evening of Tuesday, May 9, 2023.

Phase 3: Otterdale Branch Detour is expected to begin the morning of Thursday, May 11, 2023, through early December 2023.

Please note: The Blackman Creek Crossing will be opened prior to the closure of Otterdale Branch regardless of date changes so that access to all properties along Otterdale Road and Duval Road will be maintained at all times.

The link to the Phase 3 Detour route graphic can be found on the contractor's website along with weekly updates.

Project Timeline

Construction began March 2022 and the construction of all three crossings is anticipated to be complete May 2024.


Nate Mathis
Phone: 804-748-1037
Email Nate Mathis