Friday, February 27, 2015

Five Major Contracts Awarded Worth Nearly $240 Million

RICHMOND, Va. – At its monthly meeting today, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) awarded five contracts worth nearly $240 million for major road improvements.
The projects will improve mobility, enhance safety and extend the life of the state’s transportation network.
The contracts are for projects that will:
  1. Improve traffic flow along the U.S. 29 corridor in Albemarle County
The CTB awarded a design-build contract worth approximately $116.7 million to Lane/Corman Joint Venture of Chantilly, Va., to design and build projects that will improve safety and increase capacity on and near U.S. 29 in Albemarle County north of Charlottesville.
The projects, scheduled for completion in October 2017, will:
  • Build a grade-separated intersection at U.S. 29 and Rio Road,
  • Widen U.S. 29 between Polo Grounds Road and Towncenter Drive, and
  • Extend Berkmar Drive from Hilton Heights Road to Towncenter Drive.
The design-build team includes Lane Construction Corp. of Chantilly, Corman Construction Inc. of Chesterfield and the engineering firm RK&K of Richmond.  More information is at
  1. Widen Interstate 64 in Newport News
The CTB awarded a design-build contract for approximately $84.8 million to Shirley Contracting Co. LLC of Lorton, Va., to widen 5.6 miles of Interstate 64 in Newport News, from about a half mile east of Route 238 (Yorktown Road) to about 1.5 miles west of Route 143 (Jefferson Avenue).
This project will add a lane in each direction, widening the interstate from four to six lanes. The expansion will occur in the roadway’s median and will add a 12-foot-wide travel lane and a 12-foot-wide shoulder on the inside median lane in each direction. Bridges in the corridor will be widened to the inside to accommodate the new travel lanes and shoulders.
The project, scheduled for completion in December 2017, also includes rehabilitating the existing pavement, applying a new driving surface (pavement overlay) and extending the lanes for the entrance and exit ramps at Fort Eustis Boulevard. More information is at
  1. Improve the exit 310 interchange on Interstate 81 in Frederick
The CTB awarded a contract valued at nearly $25 million to General Excavation Inc. of Warrenton, Va., for a project to improve traffic flow throughout the interchange at exit 310 on Interstate 81. The project area, located at the south end of Route 37 in Frederick County, extends about a half mile north of the existing interchange to about a half mile south of exit 310.
The revamped interchange will feature a “spread diamond” design, which will widen and spread out the ramps from their current intersections with Route 37. The project will extend existing turn lanes and add dual right- and left-turn lanes to improve traffic flow on the ramps and on Route 37 and U.S. 11.
To the east, the expanded configuration will require relocating routes 642 and 847 and creating new access to an extended Route 37.  To the west, the project will modify the ramps at the Route 37 interchange with U.S. 11.
This new design will accommodate future growth and related changes in traffic patterns and volumes. The final buildout will be done in several phases, depending on traffic demand and available funding. In the first phase of the project, which the CTB awarded today, VDOT will obtain the ultimate rights of way needed for any future phase.
The project is scheduled to be completed in May 2018, with an incentive, or bonus, clause to encourage completion as early as November 2017. More information is at
  1. Provide funding to pave interstates in VDOT’s Salem and Northern Virginia districts
The CTB also approved the following two contracts for:
  • Approximately $5.4 million to Adams Construction Company of Roanoke, Va., for interstate paving in Carroll, Pulaski and Roanoke counties (Salem District), and
  • Approximately $7.5 million to Virginia Paving Co., a division of Lane Construction Corp. of Cheshire, Conn., for interstate paving in Prince William County (Northern Virginia District).
The chart below tracks the dollar amount of the major contracts the CTB has awarded in calendar year 2015:

In advance of each CTB meeting, VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick also approves contracts up to $5 million in value. From the Jan. 21 and Jan. 28, 2015, bid lettings, the commissioner approved 71 contracts worth an approximate total of $106.8 million for construction and maintenance projects on Virginia’s interstates and primary and secondary roads.
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 most months.
For more information:
  • Final bid results and projects:
  • CTB meeting, times and locations:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Contract Awarded For I-64 Capacity Improvements In Newport News

RICHMOND — The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) has awarded a contract for approximately $84.8 million dollars to Shirley Contracting Company, LLC of Lorton, Va. to widen a section of Interstate 64 in the Newport News area. 
Shirley Contracting was selected to design and construct the first segment of the project, which will span 6.5 miles, from west of Route 143, Jefferson Avenue (exit 255) to just east of Route 238, Yorktown Road (exit 247) in Newport News. When completed, the project is expected to provide immediate congestion relief to the roadway corridor. Proposed improvements include the addition of one 12-foot wide travel lane and one 12-foot wide shoulder in each direction to widen the existing four-lane section to six lanes.
This will be a design-build project, in which the team will build the project while design is still under way.  This greatly reduces the overall time necessary to complete the project.
Following the award, a notice to proceed will be issued in March 2015. The estimated completion date for the project is December 2017.
For more information on the design-build project delivery process, please see:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Route 29 Solutions Contract Awarded

RICHMOND — The Commonwealth Transportation Board today awarded Lane/Corman Joint Venture the $116.7 million design-build contract to improve the Route 29 corridor in Albemarle County.  Lane/Corman will widen Route 29 between Polo Grounds Road and Towncenter Drive, extend Berkmar Drive from Hilton Heights Road to Towncenter Drive, and construct a grade-separated intersection at Route 29 and Rio Road.
The design-build team is comprised primarily of three companies: Lane Construction Corp., of Chantilly, Corman Construction Inc., of Chesterfield, and engineering firm RK&K of Richmond.
“Governor McAuliffe and his administration are focused on building the right transportation projects for the right reasons,” said Secretary of Transportation Aubrey L. Layne Jr. “These projects, and the rest of the Route 29 Solutions projects, will provide real safety improvements and real congestion relief for everyone who uses this corridor. The award of this contract is a major step toward delivery of these critical highway improvements.”
Preliminary engineering began in June of 2014 and final design will be completed by the design-builder.  Lane/Corman’s contract includes the following:
  • Rio Road – utility relocations begin in May and roadway construction begins this coming fall.  Click here for a rendering of what the improvements will look like. Drive through the project.
  • Route 29 widening – utility relocations begin this summer, followed by roadway construction.
  • Berkmar Drive extension – roadway construction begins in the spring of 2016.
The contract providing the three projects above has a fixed completion date of Oct. 30, 2017.
The Route 29 Solutions program includes eight highway projects to improve safety and increase mobility along the Route 29 corridor in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. In addition to the design-build contract, adaptive signal technology is being installed at 21 intersections on the corridor, Hillsdale Drive will be extended south to Hydraulic Road, the Route 29/250 interchange project has been awarded and construction begins this month.  Preliminary engineering will be done to recommend improvements to the Route 29/Hydraulic Road intersection and an additional extension of Hillsdale Drive. The initiative also fully funds a second daily passenger train between Lynchburg and Washington, D.C.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

VDOT Crews in Hampton Roads Dig Out From Old Man Winter

VDOT crews, trucks and snow plows have been working around the clock since last Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, preparing for and then cleaning up from a February blast of arctic air and snow. They’re experienced snow fighters.

Route 460 Corridor Improvements Location Approved

RICHMOND – The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) today approved the location for U.S. 460 corridor improvements, which would span 17 miles from Suffolk to west of Zuni. 

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The CTB approved a resolution to support the Preferred Alternative that would build a new four-lane divided highway from a new U.S. 460/58 interchange in Suffolk to west of Windsor. From west of Windsor to west of Zuni, the existing U.S. 460 would be upgraded to a four-lane divided highway and include a new bridge across the Blackwater River to eliminate long standing flooding problems.
Last month, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers identified the alternative described above because it sufficiently meets the overall project purpose and need of safety, hurricane evacuation, and freight movement while impacting the fewest wetlands and having the possibility of qualifying for a permit.  VDOT and its federal partners will continue to work together to minimize wetland impacts while meeting the project’s purpose and need.
With the CTB’s approval of the Preferred Alternative, VDOT will conduct public outreach this spring to answerquestions, provide the latest information and solicit feedback. 
The cost of the project ranges from $375 million to $425 million. No decision has been made on construction. A decision depends on the outcome of environmental work and contract negotiations.
VDOT, the FHWA and the Corps developed a Draft SEIS that evaluated alternatives to improve the U.S. 460 corridor.  The public had an opportunity to review and comment on the SEIS last fall.  Three public hearings were held and more than 520 comments were received.  The recommended Preferred Alternative came from information included and evaluated in the Draft SEIS.  
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Monday, February 23, 2015

VDOT Crews Working To Keep Roads Safe During Winter Storms

RICHMOND, Va. – A new winter storm has hit the commonwealth. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are currently out and ready to plow and treat state maintained roadways. Crews will work in 12 hour shifts throughout the weekend for snow and ice removal and are also prepared to assist with downed trees on roadways and drainage problems that may occur from flooding.
Up to 10-inches of snowfall could affect northwestern and northern portions of the state. Freezing rain and icing is possible in many areas today as well. Motorists are advised to limit travel while VDOT crews work to clear roads of snow and ice.
If travel is necessary, motorists are reminded to check road conditions before going out. Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the free VDOT 511 mobile app511 Virginia website, or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.
Travelers need to use extreme caution around slow-moving equipment being used to treat roads. Though driving is not recommended during this storm, drivers should allow extra space around other vehicles and travel slower than the posted speed limit in an attempt to stay safer on potentially slick pavement.
Rainfall is also expected to reach most of the state by this evening. The rain in addition to rising temperatures that will melt snow tonight and tomorrow could lead to flooded roads in some areas, especially southern and western portions of Virginia.
Additional Winter-Weather Information Sources
The following fact sheets on VDOT’s website contain more detailed information about tips for safe winter-weather driving and the agency’s snow-removal policies, budget and equipment:
Travel resources
        Call 511 or use the 511 website for real-time updates on Virginia road conditions and traffic incidents.
  • 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623)
        Report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center by calling this statewide toll-free number.
  • Facebook
        “Like”  to learn more about VDOT news and programs, and to receive updates.
  • YouTube 
        Visit VDOT’s YouTube site ( for videos on snow removal.
For more winter driving information, please visit