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July 20, 2010



COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD AWARDS CONTRACT FOR INTERSTATE 81 TRUCK CLIMBING LANE

SALEM – The Commonwealth Transportation Board at its July 14 meeting in Richmond awarded a contract to add a truck climbing lane to five miles of southbound Interstate 81 between mile marker 120 and 125. The contract worth approximately $75.4 million was awarded to CH2M HILL Constructors, Inc. of Chantilly.    

The design-build contract will include completing design, acquisition of right of way and easements, utility relocations and construction.

The purpose of the project is to improve safety and operation on the interstate. The project will add a 12-foot continuous truck climbing lane to southbound I-81.  Work will also be done to upgrade the median and outside shoulder of I-81 to meet current interstate standards.

Most widening will occur on the outside shoulder, but some widening may be required in the median. The I-81 southbound bridge over Route 641 (Den Hill Road) and the Norfolk Southern railroad will be upgraded to incorporate one additional lane.  The bridge is located south of mile marker 121.  

In addition, Route 636 (Seneca Hollow Road) and (Friendship Road) are two-lane roadways that cross over I-81 twice, once at mile marker 123 and once at mile marker 124.9.  These two bridges will be reconstructed to allow for the widening of the interstate.  

Construction work on the project is expected to begin in Spring 2011 and should be completed in fall of 2013.  

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