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Oct. 15, 2014

Projects include funding to replace U.S. 501 bridge over James River

RICHMOND, Va. – At its monthly meeting today, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) awarded two contracts worth approximately $27.3 million for major infrastructure work.

The projects will improve mobility, enhance safety and extend the life of the state’s transportation network.

The two contracts are for projects that will:

  1. Replace James River bridge on U.S. 501, Amherst-Bedford county line in VDOT’s Lynchburg District

The CTB awarded a contract for approximately $16.8 million to Orders Construction Company Inc. of St. Albans, W.Va., to replace the bridge on U.S. 501 over the James River and adjacent rail tracks at the Amherst-Bedford county line.

The project will construct a two-lane, steel-girder superstructure. The new 40-foot-wide bridge will have shoulders to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians. The structure will be about 0.7 miles from the existing structure.

Project road improvements will include right- and left-turn lanes at the new “T” intersection of U.S. 501 and Route 130. The project also will add a multiuse pull-off for public river access and accommodate enforcement of vehicle weight restrictions and VDOT emergency operations.

The project is scheduled for completion on April 21, 2017.

  1. U.S. 1 bridge replacement, Chesterfield County in VDOT’s Richmond District

The CTB awarded a contract for approximately $10.5 million to American Infrastructure-VA Inc. of Glen Allen, Va., to replace the U.S. 1 bridge just north of Chester Road (Route 145).

The new bridge will span four rail tracks and a service road. It will be designed to carry traffic with a 45 mph speed limit.

The structure will include:

  • Four 12-foot lanes (two lanes in each direction), raised medians and improved drainage,
  • Left-turn lane for Bellwood Road and entrance to mobile-home park north of bridge, and
  • New signals at U.S. 1, Chester Road and Bellwood Road intersection.

Construction is expected to begin later this year. The project is scheduled for completion on May 15, 2017.

For more information about the project, visit

The chart below tracks the dollar amount of major contracts the CTB has awarded in calendar year 2014. The CTB did not meet in August.


In advance of each CTB meeting, VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick also approves contracts up to $5 million in value. From the Sept. 24, 2014, bid lettings, the commissioner approved 26 contracts worth a total of approximately $33 million for construction and maintenance on 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 normally meets on the third Wednesday of the month in months when action meetings are scheduled.

For more information:

  • Final bid results and projects:

  • CTB meeting, times and locations:




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