ARLINGTON, Virginia – The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved three projects at their monthly meeting today totaling $123.8 million that will improve transportation in the Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads and Richmond Districts of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
- Diverging Diamond Interchange to be built in Stafford County
A $99.9 million design-build contract was awarded to Shirley Contracting Company, of Lorton, to construct a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) to replace the existing Interstate 95/Route 630 (Courthouse Road) interchange to accommodate the increased traffic volume expected in this location in the Fredericksburg District.
Courthouse Road will be relocated and widened to four lanes between Route 1 and I-95, and to streamline traffic, the project will relocate the intersection of Courthouse Road and Route 1 to the south to align with Hospital Center Boulevard.
West of I-95, Courthouse Road will be widened to four lanes to a point just west of Ramoth Church Road/Winding Creek Road, and a
traffic signal will be installed at the entrance to Colonial Forge High School. Ramoth Church Road and Winding Creek Road will also be realigned to intersect at a traffic signal.
The existing commuter park and ride, currently to the east of I-95, will be relocated to the west of the Interstate and expanded to accommodate approximately 500 new parking spots in addition to the 545 existing spaces. A 10-foot shared use path will originate from the commuter park and ride lot, pass along the DDI over I-95 and
continue along the north side of relocated Route 630, for bicyclists and pedestrians.
The project is expected to be completed by July 2020.
- New Ferry will be added to Jamestown-Scotland Fleet
A $16.5 million contract was awarded to VT Halter Marine, of Pascagoula, Miss., for the construction of a new ferry boat to replace The Virginia. Built in 1936, it is the oldest vessel in the Jamestown-Scotland fleet.
The new ferry will have a 70-vehicle capacity, and will be able to transport up to 499 passengers. The Virginia, built to accommodate 1930’s era vehicles, has narrower parking lanes and a 12-ton limit; it is only able to transport 25 cars on each pass. The ferries take motorists across the James River between James City County at Glasshouse Point and Surry County at Scotland Wharf in VDOT’s Hampton Roads District.
Construction on the ferry is expected to be complete by April 2018.
- Pavement Maintenance Planned in Prince George County
A $7.4 million contract was awarded through State of Good Repair funds to Curtis Contracting, Inc., of West Point for pavement maintenance and repair in VDOT’s Richmond District.
The project will include patching the concrete pavement and laying a thin asphalt overlay on Interstate 295 northbound from I-95 to Route 460 (mile marker 3).
The expected completion date is October 2017.
The following chart tracks the dollar amount of major contracts the CTB has awarded in calendar year 2016:
In advance of each CTB meeting, VDOT Commissioner Charles Kilpatrick also approves contracts up to $5 million in value. From the June 22, July 27, and August 24, 2016 bid lettings, the commissioner approved 57 contracts worth an approximate total of $75.2 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 the month in months when action meetings are scheduled.
For more information:
- Final bid
- CTB meeting, times and locations:http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/meetingschedule.asp