Gold In Paving
Nov. 20, 2013: In 2010, the Richmond District began working on a pothole patching blitz on Route 195 (Downtown Expressway) in Richmond. This year, the project brings home a gold award.
The American Concrete Paving Association recognized VDOT for excellence in Concrete Pavement Restoration in its 24th Annual Excellence in Concrete Pavement awards for 2013.
“The road needed more than just temporary repairs,” said Doug Kisamore, Richmond District construction manager, “We ended up completely replacing the concrete.”
The project stretched almost two miles from Meadow Street to West Cary Street, and included 12 ramps with the mainline road. The new concrete pavement provides more safety and a smoother ride for drivers.
The award winners were chosen by an independent panel of industry experts from across the U.S. and Canada. VDOT was one of only 31 winners in North America recognized for excellence in paving.
Answering The Call
Sept. 16, 2013: Petersburg Residency Administrator Bob Zimmerman (at right in photo) was on vacation when dark clouds hovering over the Richmond District opened wide.
Rain fell at an alarming rate, and some roads quickly became impassable in Prince George County. Zimmerman received a call that a bridge had washed out on Route 10.
He immediately reported to the scene where he found pavement washout, erosion, downed trees and guardrail damage.
Zimmerman decided to close the bridge and posted a detour that would take motorists an additional 35 minutes.
The road remained closed for about a week, making travel difficult for locals and delivery trucks.
“The work that had to be done was as involved as a major project. We had to figure out what materials, equipment we’d need, perform thorough inspections and manage the area as if we had an open work zone, but with an emergency timeline,” said Zimmerman.
Zimmerman was the subject of a resolution for his service at the Prince George County Board of Supervisors meeting. The resolution commended Zimmerman and VDOT for “their immediate response to the imminent dangers posed by this storm and assisting tirelessly in the County recovery efforts.”
Design-Build Done Right
Aug. 19, 2013: The Interstate 295 Meadowville Interchange Project in VDOT's Richmond District received a 2013 National Merit Award from the Design-Build Institute of America in the category of “Design-Build Done Right”.
The project, in Chesterfield County, included the design and construction of a new diamond interchange on I-295 at Meadowville Road in 15 months.
The project was heavily influenced by Chesterfield County as it provides interstate access to Meadowville Technology Park, giving the county increased opportunity for economic development.
Within months of opening the interchange, Amazon.com announced it would develop a new distribution center at the park.