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March 27, 2012

VDOT gearing up for a busy season

COLONIAL HEIGHTS – Springtime for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Richmond District means the beginning of the pavement improvement season. For many motorists and Richmond area residents, this will also mean smoother driving surfaces by year’s end.

This season, which typically extends between April and November, VDOT will spend approximately $116 million to resurface 2,000 lane miles of state-maintained routes in the region. “In the last three years, we have invested heavily on improving pavement conditions along our interstates and major routes,” said Rob Bowman, district maintenance engineer. “This year, we will continue to make improvements to our high volume routes as well as addressing deficient pavement on hundreds of secondary roads.”

On Richmond interstates, approximately $32 million will be spent to resurface 59 lane miles of asphalt pavement and to repair 74 lane miles of existing concrete pavement. New projects will include:

  • Asphalt overlay on I-95 north between Temple Avenue (mile marker 54) in Colonial Heights and Woods Edge Road (mile marker 58) in Chesterfield County and I-95 north and south between Maury Street (mile marker 73) in Richmond and Chippenham Parkway/Route 150 (mile marker 67) in Chesterfield County.
  • Asphalt overlay on I-64 west between mile markers 166 and 165 in Goochland County and I-64 west in New Kent County between the James City County line and the Emmaus Church Road/Route 106 interchange (mile marker 211).
  • Concrete repair on I-295 north/south in Prince George County between the I-95 interchange and just south of Route 36 (mile marker 8).

Primary routes will receive 570 lane miles of asphalt paving, repair and/or slurry seal totaling $64 million. These routes are numbered 1 to 599 and include major roads and highways. New projects will include:

  • Chesterfield County – Hull Street Road (Route 360), Midlothian Turnpike (Route 60) and Chippenham Parkway (Route 150)
  • Henrico County – Brook Road (Route 1), New Market Road (Route 5), Charles City Road (Route 156) and Pouncey Tract Road (Route 271)
  • Hanover County – Kings Dominion Boulevard (Route 30), Patrick Henry Road (Route 54), Cold Harbor Road (Route 156) and Chamberlayne Road/Hanover Courthouse Road (Route 301)

Secondary routes will receive more than 1,300 lane miles of resurfacing totaling $20 million. These state-maintained roads are numbered 600 and above, and are typically neighborhood or low volume roads. A majority of the roads slated for resurfacing will receive patching followed by one of four treatments: 

List of Chesterfield County secondary routes scheduled for treatment

  • Modified surface treatment – Tar and gravel covered in a fine grade of stone to reduce the likelihood of pieces of gravel from getting thrown from under car tires. Residents can typically use the road soon after the last application of gravel is applied. Average cost is $680 per one-tenth mile; 415% less than asphalt.
  • Slurry seal – A type of pavement sealant that consists of liquid asphalt, cement, lime, fine aggregates and water. It is applied as a thin layer over the existing surface. In order to give the new surface time to harden, drivers are shifted to other travel lanes or encouraged to use an alternate route for several hours. Average cost is $980 per one-tenth mile; 257% less than asphalt.
  • Multi-layer (or cape seal) – Involves spraying a thin film of heated liquid asphalt on the road surface followed by a layer of fine gravel. The gravel is compacted so it adheres to the asphalt. It takes about two weeks for any loose gravel to work its way into the pavement. After the new road surface has cured, excess gravel is swept away and a slurry seal is applied. Residents can use the road soon after the gravel has been applied for the first layer of treatment. Once the slurry seal layer is in place, the road will need several hours to harden. Average cost is $1,660 per one-tenth mile; 111% less than asphalt.   
  • Asphalt (or blacktop) – This treatment is applied as a hot material in layers and compacted. Drivers are shifted to other travel lanes or use an alternate route for several hours while the surface cools. A 1.5 inch layer of asphalt typically costs $3,500 per one-tenth mile.

“The use of sealants for resurfacing is a cost effective way to extend the life of pavement in areas where asphalt overlay is not practical,” says Bowman. “The purpose of sealing the pavement is to keep out water and to prevent potholes.” Contractors will notify residents in advance of treating neighborhood roads.

VDOT’s Richmond District oversees maintenance and construction activities on routes in 14 counties in central Virginia: Amelia, Brunswick, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico (primary routes only), Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, New Kent, Nottoway, Powhatan and Prince George counties.

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