Q: I’m curious about the construction site at the end of Airport Road at the intersection with Peters Creek. They are putting in storm drains and I’d like to know what they are planning there.
Betty Cromer, Roanoke
A: Betty, you are not the only person who has asked this question. I generally try to avoid queries that ask about particular construction sites or power lines or road work. While they are very interesting if they are happening in your back yard, they are of limited interest to most readers. But because this particular project is in a heavily traveled area and seems to be taking a long time to complete, I’ll make an exception.
I pulled over and checked the building permit at the site, which led me to an excavating contractor named Patrick Blevins. He then put me on to Robert Fralin, president of Integrated Real Estate Corp., a property development company that builds and manages housing developments, apartment complexes and commercial property.
And as promised, here’s a link to David and Constance Wright of SW Roanoke County’s farm blog, complete with horrifying photos of stink bugs: http://theprofessorsgarden.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/up-date-brown-marmorated-stink-bug-3/