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April 16, 2014

I-495 Project Will Add Capacity in Northern Section of Capital Beltway

RICHMOND – At its monthly meeting today, Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) awarded two contracts worth approximately $52.7 million for major projects on the Capital Beltway and on Interstate 85 southwest of Petersburg.

The projects will help reduce congestion, enhance safety and extend the life of the state’s transportation network.

The projects are:

1)      Fairfax CountyInterstate 495 – conversion of northbound left shoulder for peak use

The CTB awarded a nearly $15.4 million contract to Fort Myer Construction Company of Washington, D.C., to convert 1.8 miles of the existing northbound inside, or left, shoulder on the Capital Beltway to a controlled travel lane for use during peak morning and afternoon travel periods.

The shoulder-conversion project will add vehicle capacity to this part of the Beltway and increase safety by improving the merge zone. It will begin where the northbound 495 Express Lanes terminate, 0.2 miles south of Old Dominion Drive, and end at the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

The project starts in May, and the shoulder lane is expected open to traffic by the end of 2014. Project work will continue until mid-2015. To accommodate the new shoulder-use lane, all northbound lanes in the project area will be repaved and restriped.

The shoulder-use lane will be open to all vehicles and will not be tolled. A system to manage the lane’s use – with green arrows and red “Xs,” similar to the lane-control system on Interstate 66 – will alert drivers when the shoulder is available. To ensure easy access, no barrier will separate the shoulder lane and regular Beltway lanes.

More information is at

2)      Dinwiddie County, Interstate 85 – pavement rehabilitation:

The CTB awarded a $37.3 million contract to Adams Construction Company of Roanoke, Va., to restore 21.12 miles of pavement on southbound I-85 between mile markers 61.44 and 40.42, starting just southwest of Petersburg.

The rehabilitation project will restore the existing southbound lanes and ramps in this section of I-85, beginning in June and ending in fall 2017. The project will offer improved safety and smoother rides for drivers while extending the life of the pavement.

Since January 2014, the CTB has awarded 25 major contracts worth approximately $299.6 million:

CTB Chart

In advance of each CTB meeting, Virginia Department of Transportation Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick also approves contracts worth up to $5 million. In late March, he approved 24 contracts worth approximately $32 million. Most are for paving and structure maintenance on interstates and state primary and secondary roads.

Appointed by the governor, the 17-member CTB establishes the administrative policies for Virginia's transportation system. The CTB allocates highway funding to specific projects, locates routes and provides funding for airports, seaports and public transportation. The board meets on the third Wednesday of the month in months when meetings are scheduled.

For more information:

·         Final bid results and projects:

·         CTB meeting, times and locations:


Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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