RICHMOND, Virginia – The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved four contracts at its monthly meeting yesterday, totaling $374.7 million for maintenance and construction projects in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads and Richmond districts.
- Eastbound I-66 Inside the Beltway will be widened between the Dulles Connector Road and Fairfax Drive
An $85.7 million contract was awarded to Lane Construction Corp. of Chantilly to add a through lane along approximately four miles of eastbound Interstate 66 between the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) and Fairfax Drive (Route 237) in Fairfax and Arlington counties, in VDOT’s Northern Virginia District.
The project includes ramp modifications at Exits 69 and 71, rehabilitation and/or repairs to bridges, construction of noise barriers eastbound and westbound and widening bridges and constructing a new grade-separated crossing of the Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail at Lee Highway.
Additionally, an auxiliary lane will be added to the existing I-66 eastbound exit ramp and a slip ramp will be constructed from the I-66 eastbound exit ramp to the Route 7 southbound entrance flyover ramp, providing more direct access to the West Falls Church Metro Station Parking Garage.
The additional eastbound lane will be open to traffic in fall 2020 and the overall project is expected to be complete in fall 2021.
- I-64 will be widened to three lanes for more than eight miles in York County
A $178.3 million contract was awarded to Shirley Contracting Co. LLC of Lorton for I-64 Capacity Improvements Segment III. The project will extend the three lane section of Interstate 64 for about 8.2 miles west of the I-64 Capacity Improvement Segment II endpoint in VDOT’s Hampton Roads District.
Improvements will include reconstruction of existing travel lanes and outside shoulder; the addition of one 12-foot travel lane and one 12-foot paved shoulder in both directions; lengthening of acceleration and deceleration lanes; reconstruction of and addition of a signal at the I-64 eastbound off ramp to Route 143; repair and widening of four mainline bridges and replacement of existing bridges over Queens Creek.
Widening of the roadway and bridges is expected to occur mostly on the median of the existing roadway minimizing impacts to existing interchanges and utilities, right of way and the environment.
The project is funded through the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission and SMART SCALE and is expected to be complete in fall 2021.
- A new I-264 interchange will be constructed at Witchduck Road in the City of Virginia Beach
A $105.4 million contract was awarded to The Lane Construction Corp. of Cheshire, Connecticut for the Interstate 264 / Witchduck Road Interchange and Ramp Extension Project in VDOT’s Hampton Roads District.
Improvements include a new I-264 interchange at Witchduck Road, ramp widening and a new system of collector-distributor (C-D) roads to ease congestion and improve traffic flow from Interstate 64 West to I-264 East.
Project improvements include a C-D road along I-264 through the Newtown Road interchange, which will be reconfigured to improve the traffic operations.
The new C-D road serving the Newtown Road interchange will be extended eastward to the Witchduck Road interchange before merging into mainline I-264 East. This extension includes widening the existing bridge over the former Norfolk Southern Railroad corridor and providing an off-ramp to Witchduck Road. The new two-lane off-ramp will be aligned with the existing Grayson Road intersection and will provide access to both directions of Witchduck Road and to Grayson Road.
The project is funded through the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission and SMART SCALE. Expected completion is in fall 2021.
- Paving maintenance is planned in ten counties in the Richmond region
A $5.3 million contract was awarded to Slurry Pavers Inc. of Richmond for paving maintenance in VDOT’s Richmond District. The project will resurface 118 lane miles along 14 primary routes in ten Richmond-area counties. The work will be completed during the 2018 paving season.
The following chart tracks the dollar amount of major contracts the CTB has awarded in calendar year 2017:
In advance of each CTB meeting, VDOT Commissioner Charles Kilpatrick also approves contracts up to $5 million in value. From the Oct. 25, 2017, bid letting, the commissioner approved 23 contracts worth approximately $32.2 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 results and projects: http://www.virginiadot.org/business/const/bidresults-list.asp
- CTB meeting, times and locations: http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/public_meetings/schedule_overview/default.asp