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YORKTOWN -- A popular shortcut has been closed in he name of progress and saving the Chesapeake Bay.

Yorktown Road is closed to through traffic between Calthrop Neck Road and Big Bethel Road near Tabb High School as crews install a sewer system.

Although residents have access to their homes, through traffic has to find an alternate route during the daytime hours.

'It's okay for me because I can go out Calthrop Neck Road. But, the buses are having to go completely around,' resident Christy Wilson said.

The county is paying about $328,000 to put in a gravity sewer collection system in that area.

'The county is extending sanitary sewer to existing developed neighborhoods areas that are on septic systems. The primary focus is to help the Chesapeake Bay and the tributaries that feed the bay,' said Brian Woodward, Chief of Utilities.

When conditions permit, the road will be opened to through traffic at night.

The closure is expected to last until June 1.

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