Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
March 24, 2010
CTB APPROVES TWO CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS FOR STAUNTON DISTRICT
STAUNTON – At its March meeting held on March 17, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded two projects in the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District. The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
In Alleghany County a $10,630,150.03 contract was awarded to Branch Highways Inc. of Roanoke for construction of a median barrier on a portion of Interstate 64. The project will include reconstructing inside shoulders and installing high tension cable guardrail in the median of Interstate 64 and between westbound I-64 and Winterberry Avenue.
Improving the drainage system and upgrading substandard guardrail will also be part of the project. The project is approximately five miles long and extends from 2.8 miles west to 2.3 miles east of the Low Moor interchange at exit 21.
During construction there will be at least one lane of traffic maintained in each direction on I-64. Existing entrances and connections to the road will be maintained during construction.
The average daily traffic volume on this portion of I-64 was 20,954 vehicles per day in 2005 and is projected to increase to 23,258 vehicles per day by 2012.
This project will significantly improve safety in this area by decreasing the chances of a cross-over collision. The project is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 19, 2011.
In Rockingham County a $3,677,340.33 contract was awarded to Perry Engineering Company Inc. of Winchester for work on Route 820 (Bergton Road). This 0.8-mile long project on Route 820 is located from 1.13-miles to 0.306-mile west of Route 259 in the Bergton area.
The current roadway has many sharp curves and substandard shoulders with no ditch. Also, on this portion of Route 820, there is a steep rock slope on north side of the road and on the south side of the road there is a 50 to 75-foot embankment leading to the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. The embankment is beginning to show signs of failure.
The purpose of this project is to stabilize the failing embankment, to widen the shoulders and to reconstruct and improve the layout of the roadway.
The project will widen the existing two 10-foot lanes to two 11-foot lanes with four-foot graded shoulders. Three rows of soil nails spaced three-feet apart will be installed and embedded into the bedrock to help stabilize the embankment. Soil nails are long metal rods, commonly used for stabilizing large and steep slopes.
The road is bordered by National Forest property along most of the project limits. This portion of Route 820 currently carries 1300 vehicles per day. Of this number, seven percent are trucks. By the year 2022 the traffic is projected to increase to 1,500 vehicles per day. The speed limit of the road will remain unposted, which leaves the speed at the statutory rate of 55 miles per hour.
During construction there will be lane closures with flagging operations. Blasting operations may also occur. Motorists should expect delays in this area during the work.
This project is funded with a combination of state, federal and revenue sharing funds from Rockingham County. This project is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 30, 2010.
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