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Dec. 9, 2015

Projects include replacing bridges, safety improvements on I-95, I-81

ALEXANDRIA  – The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) today awarded six contracts worth approximately $86 million for major infrastructure improvements.

The projects – in the Bristol, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads and Lynchburg districts of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) – will improve mobility, enhance safety and extend the life of the state’s transportation network.

The contracts are for projects that will:

  1. Reconstruct Interstate 81 exit 14 interchange in Abingdon

The CTB awarded a contract worth approximately $34 million to W-L Construction & Paving Inc. of Chilhowie, Va., to reconstruct the interchange at exit 14 on Interstate 81 in Abingdon in VDOT’s Bristol District.

The project will: replace the two interstate bridges over Route 647 (Old Jonesboro Road); construct separate northbound exit and entrance ramps; widen Old Jonesboro Road; modify Dennison Drive; and add signals at the ramp intersections.

The new on/off ramps will improve safety for motorists by eliminating the existing cloverleaf loops that force northbound traffic exiting I-81 to weave among vehicles entering the interstate because they share the same short acceleration/deceleration lane.

The project, which starts in January, is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2018.

More detailed information about the project is at

  1. Replace two bridges on Interstate 95 over the Meherrin River in Emporia

The CTB awarded a contract worth approximately $22.2 million to Wagman Construction Inc. of York, Pa., to replace the northbound and southbound bridges on I-95 over the Meherrin River in Emporia in the Hampton Roads District.

The new bridges will meet current design standards and provide safer shoulder widths. The southbound bridge will be built to the west of the existing southbound bridge to eliminate the need for a detour for traffic in both directions.

The project is scheduled to be complete in October 2019. 

  1. Construct the Western Outer Loop in Culpeper County

The CTB awarded a contract worth approximately $9.7 million to General Excavation Inc. of Warrenton, Va., to build the Western Outer Loop road in the Culpeper District.

When complete, Route 784 will connect U.S. 522 (Sperryville Pike) and Route 729 (Eggbornsville Road). The 2.25-mile road will link points west of the town of Culpeper to its commercial center, as well as to Warrenton and other areas to the north.

The project is scheduled for completion in November 2017.

  1. Improve safety along the U.S. 29/460 corridor in Lynchburg

The CTB awarded a contract worth approximately $8.4 million to Haymes Brothers Inc. of Chatham, Va., for the second phase of safety improvements along the U.S. 29/460 corridor in Lynchburg. The project will better manage the access for vehicles needing to enter and exit businesses and other properties along the four-lane divided roadway between U.S. 501 (Campbell Avenue) and Poston Street.

New auxiliary lanes will be constructed so drivers can accelerate to or decelerate from highway speeds. The new lanes will improve safety along this 1.3-mile section of Richmond Highway by eliminating the speed differentials in the travel lanes.

This project in the Lynchburg District is scheduled for completion in November 2017.

  1. Replace the Slate River bridge on Route 20 in Buckingham County

The CTB awarded a contract worth approximately $6.6 million to Allegheny Construction Company of Roanoke, Va., to replace the Route 20 bridge over the Slate River in Buckingham County in the Lynchburg District.

The new bridge will be wider and meet current design standards. The new bridge will be built adjacent to the existing bridge to reduce traffic impacts during construction.

The project is scheduled for completion in November 2017.

  1. Repair the James Madison Memorial Bridge on U.S. 301 at the Caroline/King George county line

The CTB awarded a contract worth approximately $5.1 million to Freyssinet Inc. of Sterling, Va., to rehabilitate the James Madison Memorial Bridge over the Rappahannock River in the Fredericksburg District.

The maintenance will occur below the bridge deck and includes: repairing concrete throughout the structure and on the beam ends; replacing bearings; shoring up rip-rap on the slope; and replacing navigation lights on the fender system.

One lane in each direction on the bridge will remain open during the work. The maintenance is scheduled for completion in October 2017. More information is available at

Major CTB contract awards for 2015

The following chart tracks the dollar amount of major contracts the CTB has awarded in calendar year 2015 (the CTB did not meet in August and November and awarded no major contracts in October):















Contracts approved by commissioner

In advance of each CTB meeting, VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick also approves contracts worth up to $5 million in value. From the October and November bid lettings, the commissioner approved 50 contracts worth an approximate total of $60.7 million for construction and maintenance projects on Virginia’s interstates and 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:



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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