Local roads projects moving forward

At its December meeting, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded several projects in the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District. The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

  • In Augusta County a 3.6-mile paving and road rehabilitation project valued at $7,641,953.24 was awarded to Lanford Brothers Co. Inc. of Roanoke. This project is on Interstate 81 southbound between mile markers 214 and 217.6 (between exit 217 at Route 654 in Mint Spring and exit 213 at Route 11 in Greenville) and is an area where the entire road must be milled and reconstructed down below the current road bed due to failing pavement and subsurface areas. The project will include up to eight single-lane closure periods in the spring and summer of 2011. Each closure period will last from Friday night through Thursday morning with detours in place. The work includes pavement rehabilitation, guardrail and rumble strips. The completion date is June 30, 2012.
  • In Page County the bridges and approaches on Route 340 at Compton Creek and the Norfolk Southern Railroad will be replaced. The $23,870,366.60 contract was awarded to Kanawha Stone Co. Inc. of Nitro W.Va. This location is between 3.48 and 1.07-miles south of the Page/Warren County line. This project replaces the two deteriorated bridges built in 1936. The roadway improvements provide two 12-foot lanes with ten-foot shoulders, four feet of which will be paved. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained at all times with the exception of minor flagging operations during non-peak hours. All residents along the project will be provided access to their property throughout construction. The completion date is October 31, 2013.
  • In Warren County a $2,487,177.33 project was awarded to Perry Engineering Co Inc. of Winchester for work on Route 658 (Rockland Road). The project will realign Route 658 across from Route 627 (Reliance Road) and install turn lanes and a signal. A circular cul-de-sac will be constructed at the end of the existing Route 658 intersection with Route 340/522. This project will improve traffic flow from the Kelly Industrial Park by relocating Route.658 across from Route 627. The new intersection will be built 690 feet south of the existing intersection of Route 658 and Route 340/522. Route 658 will have two 12-foot westbound lanes with a 16-foot raised median and a single 12-foot eastbound lane. The two westbound lanes and grass median will taper to a 4-foot raised grass median. A single 12-foot eastbound lane with a left turn lane will tie Route 658 to a short connector road. The connector road consists of two 12-foot travel lanes with four-foot shoulders and extends to existing Route 658 across from the DuPont entrance. The completion date is June 1, 2012.
  • A contract valued at $3,154,896.00 was awarded to DTH Contract Services Inc. of Dunn, N.C. for property management and maintenance services for the ten safety rest areas in the Staunton and Culpeper Districts. The contract term is for one year, with five one-year renewal options.
  • An on-call traffic signal installation contract valued at $2,319,533.05 for work in the Staunton and Culpeper Districts was awarded to Richardson-Wayland Electrical Co. LLC of Roanoke. This project provides an on-call contractor to install new traffic signals, modifying existing traffic signals, and complete traffic signal replacement. The construction engineering cost is $278,343.97
  • A regional bridge painting contract valued at $3,836,095.00 was awarded to V. H. P. Enterprises Inc. Tarpon Spring, Fla. for work in Alleghany, Bath & Rockbridge counties. The completion date is June 15, 2012.
  • A contract for surface treatment paving in Highland, Alleghany, Bath and Rockbridge counties was awarded to Whitehurst Paving Co. Inc. of Richmond. The contract value is $2,048,021.84.

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at freepress2@ntelos.net.

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