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April 22, 2016

Pavement improvement season is underway

SOUTH CHESTERFIELD – Warm temperatures mean that prime paving season is officially underway for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Richmond District. For many motorists and Richmond area residents, this will mean improved, smoother driving surfaces by year’s end. VDOT will spend approximately $125 million to resurface 1,540 lane miles of state-maintained routes in the region during the 2016 season, which typically extends between April and November.

“This year’s paving program is our region’s largest ever, which will allow us to make major improvements to area roadways,” said Steven McNeely, district maintenance engineer. “We’ll be able to maintain safety, preserve the structure of hundreds of roadways and provide for smoother rides around the Richmond region.”

Richmond area interstates will receive approximately $27 million in pavement resurfacing. This includes 78 lane miles of asphalt pavement and 18 lane miles of concrete pavement repairs. New projects will include:

  • Interstate 95 northbound
    • Near mile marker 43 in Prince George County
    • Between Wagner Road (mile marker 48) and I-85 (mile marker 52) in the City of Petersburg
    • Collector-distributor lane from Rt. 460 (mile marker 47) to Crater Rd. (Rt. 301) (mile marker 51) in the City of Petersburg
    • Between Rt. 10 (mile marker 61) and Willis Rd. (Rt. 613) (mile marker 64)
    • Ramps to and from Rt. 288 in Chesterfield County
    • Between I-64 (mile marker 79) and Hermitage Rd. (mile marker 80) in the City of Richmond
    • Between Sliding Hill Road (mile marker 86) and Lewistown Rd. (mile marker 89) in Hanover County
  • Interstate 95 southbound
    • Between I-85 (mile marker 52) and Wagner Road (mile marker 48) in the City of Petersburg
    • Collector-distributor lane from Crater Rd. (Rt. 301) (mile marker 51) to Rt. 460 (mile marker 47) in the City of Petersburg
  • Interstate 295 northbound
    • Between I-95 (mile marker 1) and Rt. 460 (mile marker 3) in Prince George County
    • Between Pocahontas Pkwy. (Rt. 895) (mile marker 25) and I-64 (mile marker 28) in Henrico County
    • Between I-295 (mile marker 28) and north of the Rt. 156/Cold Harbor interchange (mile marker 31) in Henrico Count
  • Interstate 295 southbound
    • Between Rt. 460 (mile marker 3) and I-95 (mile marker 1) in Prince George County
    • Between Rt. 36/Fort Lee (mile marker 9) in Prince George County and mile marker 11 in Chesterfield County
    • Between mile marker 42 and 47
  • Interstate 85 northbound
    • Between mile marker 50 and 56
    • Between just south of the I-95 interchange (mile marker 67) and Wythe St. (mile marker 69) in Chesterfield County
  • Interstate 195 northbound between mile marker 3 and 3.5 in Henrico County.

Primary routes will receive 480 lane miles of asphalt paving, repair and latex modified treatment totaling $27 million. These routes are numbered 1 to 599 and include major roads and highways. New projects will include:

  • Chippenham Pkwy. (Rt. 150) south between Hopkins Rd. and I-95 in Chesterfield County
  • Chippenham Pkwy. (Rt. 150) south near Belmont Rd. in Chesterfield County
  • Route 288 south between I-64 and West Creek Pkwy. in Goochland County
  • Route 288 north between I-95 and Iron Bridge Rd. (Rt. 10) in Chesterfield County
  • Route 288 south between Iron Bridge Rd. (Rt. 10)  and I-95 in Chesterfield County
  • Route 60 west between Huguenot Rd. and Rt. 288
  • Powhite Pkwy./Rt. 76 east/west between Courthouse Rd. (Rt. 653) and Jahnke Rd. (Rt. 686)

Secondary routes will receive more than 941 lane miles of resurfacing totaling more than $23 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 five treatments*:

  • Modified surface treatment – Heated liquid asphalt 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.
  • 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 one to 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. Drivers 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.
  • 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.
  • Latex modified – This material is similar to slurry seal, although it is more durable and typically used on higher volume routes.
  • Plant mix (asphalt/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.

For more information about VDOT projects and programs, visit


* EDITOR’S NOTE: VDOT has compiled a list of primary and secondary routes in the Richmond District slated for resurfacing this year. Residents can check this list at to see if their road will receive one of the treatments described above.

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.


Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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