Jeffrey Caldwell 804-786-2715
Sept. 22, 2010
VDOT WINS AMERICA’S TRANSPORTATION AWARDS
Battlefield Boulevard; Jeremy’s Run Projects Recognized
RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) won two awards in America’s Transportation Awards’ southeastern regional competition.
Two VDOT projects were honored – the Battlefield Boulevard Chesapeake Project in the Hampton Roads District, which won in the Innovative Management, medium project category.
The Jeremy’s Run Bridge Project in the Staunton District, which won in the On Time, small project category.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sponsor the competition to honor America’s very best in transportation.
The Battlefield Boulevard project replaced the Battlefield Boulevard Interstate 64 interchange and widened two miles of I-64 from six lanes to 14 lanes to help improve traffic and reduce congestion.
The project incorporated new and innovative design processes for the Hampton Roads region and was the first in Hampton Roads to incorporate braided-ramp structures.
The project was completed within budget and before the contract completion date of July 31, 2009.
The Staunton-based Jeremy’s Run project improved safety and aesthetics, and reduced maintenance and inspection frequency, thus saving the commonwealth money.
The elimination of all paint on the structural steel eliminates the necessity for future re-painting that would result in traffic delays and eliminates the potential for paint to chip and fall into the stream below, which is part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
The project was completed two and a half months ahead of schedule and was $550,000 under budget.
Robert Morgan, P.E., area construction engineer, Urban, Hampton Roads District, and Matt Dana, P.E., engineer manager, Location and Design, Staunton District, accepted the awards on behalf of VDOT for these critical projects that will significantly improve transportation in Virginia.
The Top Ten winners from all four regional competitions will compete for the Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award. The winners will be announced on Oct. 31, at AASHTO’s Annual Meeting. To learn more about the southeastern region’s award winners and the overall competition, go to www.americastransportationaward.org
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