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May 21, 2012

Project brings regional economic development through work opportunities in Virginia and Maryland

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Elizabeth River Crossings (ERC), its private partner for the Downtown Tunnel/Midtown Tunnel/MLK Extension project, hosted more than 50 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) and Small, Women- and Minority-owned (SWaM) businesses today at a small business outreach event at Norfolk State University. The event enabled subcontracts to DBE and SWaM businesses for parts of the tunnel project, which has a value of $2.1 billion.

Representatives from SKW, the project’s construction joint venture of Skanska-Kiewit-Weeks Marine, provided information about the project and potential opportunities. Available work items in Virginia may include providing materials for Virginia Port Authority set up and site security, promat and fireproofing, concrete supply, jet fans, and surveying. In Maryland, work opportunities may include gina seal installation, omega seal installation, mechanical and electrical work, rebar fabrication and installation, dredging at Sparrows Point, end frames steel fabrication and waterproofing.

“The regional benefits of this project are clear, not only from the congestion relief it will bring but from work opportunities that are available,” said Grindly Johnson, Chief of Administration for VDOT. “VDOT and ERC are committed to successful subcontractor engagements and VDOT’s Business Opportunity and Workforce Development Center is ready with resources and guidance.”

The event was the fourth in a series to facilitate business engagement in the Downtown Tunnel/Midtown Tunnel/MLK Extension project. A January event in Portsmouth drew more than 150 small, local businesses for a teaming workshop.

Located in Norfolk and Portsmouth, the project is comprised of a new two-lane tunnel under the Elizabeth River parallel to the existing Midtown Tunnel, fire, life and safety modifications and upgrades to the existing Midtown Tunnel and Downtown Tunnels, interchange modifications in Norfolk and Portsmouth, and extending the MLK in Portsmouth from London Boulevard to Interstate 264. More information can be found at and

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