Jeffrey Caldwell 804-786-2715
July 15, 2010
VDOT SCHEDULES ROAD REPAIR PROJECTS
Agency Projects Paving 6,500 Lane Miles of Roadways This Year
RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is planning to make driver’s rides smoother throughout Virginia this year by scheduling more than 6,500 lane miles of paving work in Fiscal Year 2011.
These paving contracts coincide with ongoing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) projects and the adoption of VDOT’s budget and the Fiscal Years 2011-2016 Six-Year Improvement Program by the Commonwealth Transportation Board in Richmond in June.
Approximately 123 lane miles of paving projects are also planned as part of construction projects funded by ARRA. This includes the Interstate 664 project in Hampton Roads, a multiple-year initiative that begins later this year.
Early estimates put the total cost of the ARRA paving at approximately $21.5 million.
“Maintaining Virginia’s aging pavements and ensuring that all roadways remain safe for travel is a top priority for our agency,” said Commissioner Greg Whirley. “As transportation funding continues to be a challenge facing our state, these investments in maintaining our bridges and pavements are even more important to ensure we don’t fall further behind in meeting our transportation needs.”
VDOT continually evaluates pavement conditions on the nearly 58,000 miles of state-maintained roadway across the state and issues contracts to remedy identified deficiencies and to keep traffic moving safely.
It is estimated that paving projects already awarded or planned to start in 2010 will exceed $200 million.
This will equate to an estimated 6,500 lane miles of paving projects completed this paving season (one lane mile is one mile of a single-lane roadway. A one-mile linear stretch of a four-lane highway is equal to four lane miles.)
The majority of paving projects are expected to be completed by Dec. 1, 2010.
Most paving projects occur during the warmer summer months, as the existing roadways need to be at higher temperatures in order to effectively complete the project.
To minimize impacts to motorists, many paving projects take place during nighttime hours to avoid disruption to traffic flow during peak travel times, as weather and temperatures permit.
VDOT reminds motorists to be aware of work zones throughout the commonwealth and to slow down, avoid distractions and drive safely in work zones.
To find out about planned lane closures that might affect your travels, and to track traffic crashes and other incidents that could impact your commute, call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org.
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