Monday, April 30, 2018

Commonwealth Shortlists Firms For Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion

RICHMOND, Virginia – Three private-sector teams will be invited to submit technical proposals and prices to design and construct the Interstate 64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has concluded its evaluation of Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) with the shortlisting of private-sector teams, with three submitting SOQs to the department on March 2, 2018, in response to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) dated Dec.15, 2017.
 “These three candidate teams are strong contenders for the next steps in the competitive process,” said Stephen C. Brich, VDOT commissioner. “We are looking forward to learning more about each team’s specific plans and capabilities to deliver this vital project.”
The RFQ gave the teams the option of submitting an SOQ under both or either a Bored Tunnel construction method or an Immersed Tube Tunnel construction method. Both construction methods are currently under consideration by the department. The shortlisted teams are below in alphabetical order:
1. Hampton Roads Capacity Constructors
Lead contractors: Fluor Enterprises Inc. / The Lane Construction Corp. / Traylor Bros. Inc. / Dragages Civil Works Virginia Inc.  
Lead designer: AECOM Technical Services Inc.
Design support: Michael Baker International / Royal HaskoningDHV and Witteveen+Bos Joint Venture / Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
*Shortlisted for Bored Tunnel and Immersed Tube Tunnel construction methods.
2. Hampton Roads Connector Partners
Lead contractors: Dragados USA Inc. / VINCI Construction Grands Projets SAS / Dodin Campenon Bernard SAS Joint Venture
Lead designer: I-64 Design Joint Venture (HDR Engineering Inc. / Mott MacDonald)
Design support: Whitman Requardt and Associates LLP / Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc. / Precision Measurements Inc. / AI Engineers Inc. / GET Solutions Inc. / Mattern & Craig / Athavale Lystad & Associates Inc./ Diversified Property Services Inc.
*Shortlisted for Bored Tunnel and Immersed Tube Tunnel construction methods.
3. Skanska Kiewit Joint Venture
Lead contractors: Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc. / Kiewit Infrastructure Co.
Lead designer: WSP USA Inc.
Design support: COWI / Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc / CAPITA
*Shortlisted for Immersed Tube Tunnel construction method
All three teams will be invited to submit detailed technical proposals and binding prices in fall 2018 for one tunnel construction method. Further information on the procurement will be provided in a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) targeted for release in May 2018.
The HRBT expansion construction will build a new four-lane bridge-tunnel and widen the existing four-lane segments of I-64 between Settlers Landing and I-564, to ease congestion between Hampton and Norfolk. The contract award is anticipated in early 2019 with project completion targeted in 2024.
For more information about the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project procurement process, visit: http://www.p3virginia.org/projects/hampton-roads-bridge-tunnel-2/. For more information about the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project, visit: http://www.hrbtexpansion.org/.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Build A Better Mousetrap 2018



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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Agencies Recognized For Safety Partnership; Contracts Awarded

RICHMOND, Va. – At its monthly meeting this week, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved $20.2 million in contracts for projects by both the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and recognized several agencies for work on Highway Safety Month, an initiative designated for April by Governor Ralph Northam.
“We are grateful Governor Northam designated April as Highway Safety Month,” said Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. “With 843 traffic fatalities in 2017, the numbers are going tragically in the wrong direction.”
Deputy Secretary Quintin Elliott provided an update on a partnership among VDOT, the Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia State Police on highway safety.
“Crashes are on the rise in Virginia,” said Deputy Secretary Quintin Elliott. “Through media partnerships, social media and public service announcements, over 600,000 people are hearing these messages of safety thus far.”
Three contracts totaling $18.8 million were approved for projects in VDOT’s Lynchburg, Salem and Staunton districts. “These projects will provide vital new connectivity and allow for much-needed improvements to pavements and bridges in our western regions,” said VDOT Commissioner Stephen C. Brich.
  • An $8.4 million contract was awarded to Kanawha Stone Company, Inc. of Nitro, W.Va. to add turn lanes, sidewalks and bike lanes along a half a mile of East Main Street (Route 460) in the City of Salem, beginning near Route 311 and extending to Brand Avenue. The project will improve safety, access and traffic flow for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Additionally, a new traffic signal will be installed at the Lynchburg Turnpike intersection. Project completion is expected in summer 2020.
  • Funding for $6 million was approved for VDOT to conduct an environmental study of a plan to extend the I-495 Express Lanes by approximately three miles from the I-495 and Dulles Toll Road interchange to the vicinity of the American Legion Bridge and Maryland line. This northern extension to the 495 Express Lanes would help relieve a traffic-choked section of I-495 by providing more capacity, new travel choices and benefits for carpoolers.
  • A $5.3 million contract was awarded to Boxley Materials Company of Roanoke for concrete paving on the Route 460 east bypass in Appomattox, from just west of Route 26 to 0.3 miles west of Route 707. The project, in VDOT’s Lynchburg District, is expected to be complete in late fall 2018.
  • A $5.1 million contract was awarded to Lanford Brothers Company of Roanoke for routine bridge repairs and preventative maintenance in VDOT’s Staunton District.
  • In advance of each CTB meeting, Commissioner Brich approves contracts up to $5 million in value. From the February 14 bid letting, the commissioner approved 43 contracts worth an approximate total of $82.6 million for construction and maintenance projects on Virginia’s interstates and primary and secondary roads.
The CTB also awarded $900,000 in grants to support economic development through increasing industrial access to the railroad network.
  • SeaGate Terminals, L.L.C., was awarded $450,000, which supports the company’s $500,000 facility expansion project to increase the import and export of dry bulk materials at the company’s City of Chesapeake facility, which is served by the Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad.
  • The Buckingham Branch Railroad was awarded $450,000 to support its Doswell Transload facility expansion project in Hanover County. The facility will support Nestle-Purina Petcare Company’s $12.4 million factory expansion in King William County, a 40-acre plant site with an adjacent 486-acre leased clay mine site.
“These facility expansions are important investments for moving railcars and reducing vehicular congestion,” said Jennifer Mitchell, DRPT Director.
Appointed by the governor, the 17-member CTB establishes the administrative policies for Virginia's transportation system. The CTB allocates highway funding to specific projects, locates routes and provides funding for airports, seaports and public transportation. The board normally meets on the third Wednesday of the month in months when action meetings are scheduled.

For more information:

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Transportation Board Invites Public Feedback on Transportation Projects

RICHMOND, Va. – The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) will be hosting meetings across the commonwealth and is inviting the public to share feedback on transportation projects that have been recommended for funding. Members of the community may participate by attending public meetings or submitting comments online, by email or mail.
Public comments will be considered by the CTB as it develops the FY 2019-2024 Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP). The SYIP allocates public funds to highway, road, bridge, rail, bicycle, pedestrian, public transportation, and transportation demand management projects. The Draft FY 2019-2024 SYIP identifies projects proposed for inclusion in the final program, which will be approved at the CTB’s June meeting. All federally-eligible projects in the SYIP will be included in the federally-required Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) to document how Virginia will obligate its federal funds. 
The public meetings will begin at 4 p.m. in each of the locations except as noted below (a formal comment period will be held at each meeting):
Monday, April 16, 2018Hampton RoadsHampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization
723 Woodlake Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Thursday, April 19, 2018LynchburgLynchburg District Office
Ramey Memorial Auditorium
4303 Campbell Avenue
(Route 501)
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Tuesday, April 24, 2018RichmondHilton Garden Inn
800 Southpark Boulevard
Colonial Heights, VA 23834

Monday, April 30, 2018*Northern VirginiaVDOT Northern Virginia District Office, Potomac Room
4975 Alliance Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030 
*Meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 3, 2018StauntonHoliday Inn and Conference Center
152 Fairway Lane
Staunton, VA 24402
Monday, May 7, 2018CulpeperVDOT Culpeper District Office, Auditorium
1601 Orange Road
Culpeper, VA 22701
Tuesday, May 8, 2018FredericksburgGermanna
Community College Center for Workforce & Community Education
10000 Germanna Point Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Thursday, May 10, 2018SalemHoliday Inn Valley View
3315 Ordway Drive
Roanoke, VA 24017
Monday, May 14, 2018BristolSouthwest Virginia Higher Education Center
One Partnership Cir.
Abingdon, VA 24210

Meeting materials will be available at http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/planning/springmeetings/default.asp beginning April 16, 2018.

Online sources

You can also submit your comments by email or mail by May 30, 2018:
  • For roads and highways: Six-YearProgram@VDOT.Virginia.govor Infrastructure Investment Director, Virginia Department of Transportation 1401 East Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219.
  • For transit and rail: DRPTPR@drpt.virginia.govor Public Information Office, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation 600 East Main Street, Suite 2102, Richmond VA, 23219.
For additional information about the CTB, visit http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Christopher G. Hall Named Hampton Roads District Engineer

Christopher G. Hall
VDOT Hampton Roads District Engineer
Christopher G. Hall
RICHMOND, Virginia — Following a nationwide search, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Commissioner Stephen C. Brich announces that Christopher G. Hall has been selected as the new Hampton Roads district engineer.
“Chris brings extensive leadership, strategic planning, technical expertise, project and resource management skills and experience, all vital to this critical role,” said Brich. “The Hampton Roads region is one with many unique transportation opportunities, all of which Chris is equipped to manage.”
Hall will oversee roadway construction, maintenance and operations for nearly 10,000 lane miles in VDOT’s Hampton Roads District, which includes the counties of Accomack, Greensville, Isle of Wight, James City, Northampton, Southampton, Surry, Sussex and York.
A licensed professional engineer in Virginia and Ohio, Hall has nearly 30 years of experience in leadership roles with the United States Army and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Hall recently served as the USACE District Commander for the St. Louis District, overseeing the maintenance and operations of strategic inland and navigation and water control infrastructure worth approximately $15 billion, as well as leading the execution of a $300 million construction program.
“As a resident of this region, I am looking forward to serving the community and representing VDOT in this role,” said Hall. “I plan to continue the momentum forward that the Hampton Roads region has taken over the past few years in transportation.”
Hall earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the Virginia Military Institute, a master’s degree in civil engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s in strategic studies from the United States Army War College.
Hall joins VDOT on April 18 following Jim Utterback’s selection as project director for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

EDC 4: Road Weather Management

The FHWA’s Every Day Counts initiative identifies and deploys proven, yet underutilized, innovations to shorten the project delivery process, enhance roadway safety, reduce traffic congestion, and improve environmental sustainability. Read on to learn more about one of the EDC 4 (2017 – 2018) initiatives:  Road Weather Management and Weather-Savvy Roads.
Integrating mobile observations and Pathfinder strategies can help agencies manage road systems and inform travelers ahead of, and during, adverse road weather conditions.
Heavy rain, snow, and other storms can have significant impacts on the safety, mobility, and productivity of road users. Over the last 10 years, 22 percent of all vehicle crashes were weather related. On average, these crashes resulted in nearly 6,000 deaths and more than 445,000 injuries each year. Likewise, the delays associated with adverse weather can be profound and have significant economic impacts.
Through round 4 of Every Day Counts (EDC-4), this effort deploys two distinct road weather management solutions that allow state and local agencies to be proactive in managing the surface transportation system ahead of and during adverse weather events.

PATHFINDER IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

Pathfinder is a collaborative effort between the National Weather Service (NWS), state departments of transportation (DOTs), and state DOT support contractors who provide road weather information to share and translate weather forecasts into consistent transportation impact statements for the public.
The Pathfinder Implementation Plan lays out a multi-step process on what information to share when and how before, during, and after high-impact weather events. This provides the public with consistent and actionable messages on potential impacts to the transportation system.

INTEGRATING MOBILE OBSERVATIONS

Integrating mobile observations (IMO) involves collecting weather and road condition data from government fleet vehicles, such as snowplows. The focus is on supplemental data from ancillary sensors installed on the vehicles, such as pavement temperature sensors, and it also includes native vehicle data such as windshield wiper status and anti-lock brake or traction control system activation.
The data provides maintenance managers with an extremely detailed view of the weather and road conditions along the road network. This information supports a number of road weather management strategies, such as a winter maintenance decision support system that enables agencies to use only the necessary amounts of labor and equipment to pre-treat roads with salt and other materials. It also supports traveler advisories and warnings, ultimately resulting in improvements in safety and mobility.

PATHFINDER BENEFITS

  • Enhanced Collaboration. Working together to execute the Pathfinder Implementation Plan strengthens the relationships between the NWS and DOTs.
  • Informed Travelers. Cohesive weather impact statements enable drivers to make better decisions regarding whether, when, and where to travel.
  • Improved Safety, Mobility, and Economy. Consistent impact messages can reduce traffic demand, with the ultimate goal of saving lives and property and minimizing the impact of weather events.

IMO BENEFITS

  • Cost-Efficient Operation. Employing sensors on existing fleets is a relatively low-cost method of gathering road weather observations that can support numerous maintenance, traffic, and performance management strategies.
  • Proactive Management. Vehicle-based technologies provide agencies with the information needed to proactively manage roadway systems before the negative impacts of road weather occur.
  • Improved Safety, Mobility, and Economy. Connected vehicles technologies, advanced weather prediction and targeted decision support enable operators to more effectively maintain a high level of service on roads, which decreases crashes and keeps traffic moving smoothly.

STATE OF THE PRACTICE

Pathfinder was born out of the success surrounding the coordination between the Utah DOT and the NWS local forecast office during the 2002 Winter Olympics. The FHWA and NWS worked with the Utah DOT to document the processes, and then expanded it to be applicable across the country. The document was next used by the Nevada and Wyoming DOTs and then refined to become the Pathfinder Implementation Plan.
Most state DOTs have implemented some form of vehicle-based technology, usually for automatic vehicle location and real-time communication. IMO builds on these capabilities by adding ancillary sensors to collect road weather data, while also tapping into the engine’s “black box” to collect and disseminate resident data. The Minnesota, Michigan, and Nevada DOTs are deploying such systems, and FHWA is working with them to document the lessons learned from the implementation process as well as the management strategies (such as traveler information systems and road weather performance management systems) that these data improve.
Find more road weather management resources at the FHWA’s EDC website.
https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/everydaycounts/edc_4/roadweather.cfm

Monday, April 16, 2018

Safety Circuit Rider Coming to Virginia


Hey everybody!  You’ve seen me around the state the last few years talking about LTAP, workshops and safety but now I’ve got some really big news!  We’re close to hiring a new Safety Circuit Rider!
What’s a Safety Circuit Rider (SCR)? This professionally-trained engineer will travel around the state, visiting local agencies to help identify roadway safety issues and develop treatment options.
I had the chance to talk about the new Virginia SCR program with Steven Yob, Director of Henrico County Public Works. Here’s what he had to say:
“I am very happy to see these new opportunities to provide cost effective, timely and convenient training for our transportation professionals.  The VA LTAP is a respected training resource that always does an excellent job. I am very supportive of this new program to provide leadership and excellent work in this necessary area.”
Steven’s correct – the SCR program is a great addition to the kinds of services we already deliver to our clients in local government.  We’ll be providing even more in-classroom safety classes. And our Safety Circuit Rider will come out and conduct a safety audit to help you assess unsafe roadways in your community so we can work hand in hand to help make your city safer.
The Safety Circuit Rider will also help with technical assistance.  Need some advice on installing signs?  Have a question about safety device options? Drop me a line at scr@virginia.edu and we’ll figure out an SCR game plan. We’re here to help!
By the way, do you know an engineer who might be a great fit for this full-time position? Please pass on this application information (https:/jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=84092).
Be safe out there and I’ll see you on the TTA Highway!