Heidi Underwood 540-387-5493
July 20, 2010
COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD AWARDS CONTRACT FOR ROUTE 221 WIDENING PROJECT IN ROANOKE COUNTY
SALEM – The Commonwealth Transportation Board at its July 14 meeting in Richmond awarded a contract to widen a section of Route 221 in Roanoke County. The section of Route 221 (Bent Mountain Road) starts at Route 897 (Crystal Creek Drive) and extends south approximately one mile to Route 688 (Cotton Hill Road). The contract worth approximately $20.1 million was awarded to W.C. English, Inc. from Lynchburg.
The purpose of the project is to improve safety by eliminating curves in this section of Route 221. The project will also increase capacity by widening the current two-lane section of Route 221 to a four-lane divided highway with a six-foot grass median and turn lanes.
Route 745 (Ran Lynn Road) and Route 688 (Cotton Hill Road) will be realigned with Route 221. Two new bridges will be built to carry the new relocated Route 221 (Bent Mountain Road) over Back Creek. The Route 688 (Cotton Hill Road) bridge over Back Creek will be replaced.
Work on the project should be underway this fall and is expected to be completed in summer of 2013. The majority of the construction work, including the construction of two new bridges, will take place outside of the existing roadway.
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