Thursday, January 31, 2019
Thursday, January 24, 2019
RICHMOND, Va. – The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) this week released scores for transportation projects that have been vetted and validated through the third round of the SMART SCALE prioritization program. The SMART SCALE process ensures an objective, data-driven approach to selecting which transportation projects to develop in the Commonwealth and the delivery of projects that offer the most beneficial improvements to a region.
Transportation project applications are submitted biennially by localities, regional entities, and metropolitan organizations and scored based on factors including safety improvements, congestion reduction, accessibility, land use (in larger regions), environmental quality, and economic development.
After projects are submitted for review, project details are available for public review and input during nine public meetings across the state in the fall. The CTB will announce the final funding decisions on projects that will be included in the Six-Year Improvement Program in June 2019. Once projects are selected for funding in the program, they will be fully funded through construction.
“This is the first step in a process that will include CTB review, public input, and collaboration to ensure we are funding the most critical projects with the limited resources we have available,” said Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine.
SMART SCALE projects are solutions that typically provide a capital improvement, transportation demand management, or safety improvement.
In other business, the CTB approved the following:
- A $23 million contract was awarded to Corman Kokosing Construction Company of Annapolis Junction, MD, to replace the bridge that carries Denbigh Boulevard (Route 173) over Interstate 64 in Newport News in VDOT’s Hampton Roads District. The new bridge will consist of four 12-foot travel lanes, two 8-foot sidewalks and a 16-foot raised median. Project completion is expected in July 2021.
- A $5.3 million contract was awarded to Perry Engineering Company, Inc., of Winchester, VA, for road reconstruction and intersection improvements for just over one mile on Route 655 in eastern Frederick County, located in VDOT’s Staunton District. The project will add turn lanes at the Route 655 intersections with Route 50 and Route 656. Project completion is expected in July 2020.
- Six contracts totaling $38.5 million were awarded for paving in various locations in VDOT’s Bristol, Culpeper, Northern Virginia, and Salem districts, including:
- Northern Virginia District
- $5.1 million contract awarded to Arthur Construction Co., Inc., of Dulles
- $5.7 million contract awarded to Virginia Paving Company, a division of Eurovia Atlantic Coast, LLC, of Charlotte, NC
- $6.1 million contract awarded to Francis O. Day Co., Inc., of Rockville, MD
- Bristol District
- $5.6 million contract awarded to W-L Construction & Paving, Inc., of Chilhowie
- Culpeper District
- $6.3 million contract awarded to Superior Paving Corporation of Gainesville
- Salem District
- $9.7 million contract awarded to Adams Construction Company of Roanoke
Appointed by the governor, the 17-member CTB establishes the administrative policies and approves funding allocation for Virginia’s transportation system.
For more information on CTB meeting times and locations: http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/public_meetings/schedule_overview/default.asp
For a listing of SMART SCALE scores: http://fal.cn/rH4X
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Richmond, VA – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) today announced its partnership with the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) to replace aging stream crossing infrastructure in Rappahannock County with updated designs to help the waterways and wildlife.
VDOT is accountable for many bridges and culverts throughout the state and, through this partnership, will replace two stream crossings with structural designs that mimic a more natural habitat for the Commonwealth’s wildlife.
“This project exemplifies successful collaboration to develop innovative solutions that address environmental challenges related to our transportation infrastructure,” said Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. “The PEC was just awarded a grant to cover the cost differential of the sustainable stream crossing solution, which is important for the environment and the citizens of the Commonwealth.”
The PEC on Tuesday was awarded a grant worth nearly $200,000 by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to complete these stream crossing projects at Bolton Branch and Piney River. This work will leave the stream bed intact by constructing a three-sided, more open structure to provide a natural environment for fish and other stream wildlife.
“Virginia’s environment is key to considering any changes to our transportation infrastructure in the Commonwealth,” said VDOT Commissioner Stephen Brich. “Through this collaboration, we are able to provide the best solutions for both the environment and the infrastructure and deliver results that without each other, would be major challenges.”
The open culvert design enables fish and other marine life to travel through the stream crossing without impact. Conventional culverts can be restrictive and a variable in the Eastern Brook Trout’s population decline in the Commonwealth.
VDOT implements science-based solutions to avoid and compensate for impacts to wetlands and streams and reducing construction-related effects on the environment.