TO: VACo Transportation Steering Committee
FROM: Beau Blevins, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
SUBJECT: Governor Announces $168 Million in Transportation Projects
Cc: Legislative Liaisons
Last week Gov. McDonnell announced that the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) awarded $168 million to transportation projects around the commonwealth. A significant amount of this money will go to bridges and the widening of roads around the state.
Below is a list of projects awarded money by the CTB last week:
Improvements to I-66 in Fairfax and Arlington counties – This $23 million project, awarded to The Lane Construction Corporation, will improve safety and operations on the I-66 corridor in southern Fairfax and Arlington counties. The project will convert the existing westbound shoulder into an auxiliary lane between the on-ramp from Washington Boulevard and the off ramp to the Dulles Airport Access Road. Expected project completion is summer 2015.
New truck climbing lane on Route 7 in Loudoun County – The $28 million project, awarded to Shirley Contracting Company, LLC, consists of constructing a westbound truck climbing lane on Route 7 between the West Market Street and Route 9 interchanges, new roundabouts and ramp improvements at the Route 7/Route 9 interchange. The project is being built to improve safety and operations for trucks climbing the steep grade. Expected project completion is fall 2015.
Lynnhaven Parkway widening in Virginia Beach – The $19 million project, awarded to American Infrastructure Virginia, Inc., will improve traffic flow by building an additional lane in each direction of Lynnhaven Parkway and create a connection between Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. This will be done by bridging a canal located between Centerville Turnpike and Indian River Road. This project is located in Virginia Beach. After construction, Lynnhaven Parkway will be a continuous four-lane divided roadway. Expected project completion is fall 2016.
Bridge replacement on Route 35 over the Nottoway River in Southhampton County – The $9 million project, awarded to Waterfront Marine Construction Inc., will replace an aging bridge on Route 35 over the Nottoway River with a new two lane bridge. The bridge is located in Southhampton County. Expected project completion is fall 2015.
Central Virginia and Shenandoah Valley
Bridge replacement on Route 340/522 over the South Fork of the Shenandoah River in Warren County – The $48 million project, awarded to G.A. & F.C. Wagman, Inc., addresses the severe traffic congestion in the bridge corridor and consists of replacing the bridge structure on Route 340/522 over the South Fork of the Shenandoah River and the Norfolk and Southern Railroad in Warren County. Additionally, the project will reconfigure the intersection of Route 340/522 and Route 55. Expected project completion is winter 2017.
Route 3 widening in Culpeper County – This $24 million project, awarded to Branch Highways Inc., will widen Route 3 from a two lane undivided highway to a four lane divided highway in Culpeper County. This is the final section of the Route 3 Corridor to be widened to four lanes. Expected project completion is spring 2017.
Pavement overlay on I-85 in Mecklenburg and Brunswick Counties – The $17 million project, awarded to Branscome Inc., will restore existing pavement on I-85 northbound and southbound in Mecklenburg and Brunswick counties. Expected project completion is summer 2016.
VACo will continue to cover the CTB and any other transportation activity at the state level.
Information about the CTB and meeting times can be found at: http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/meetings.asp.
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