Brenda Waters 276-669-9999
Michelle Earl 276-669-9901

June 6, 2006

Moccasin Gap Project: Background information

Project Description: Work is underway to construct Phase I of the Moccasin Gap project , which will connect Routes 58, 23 and 224 – Wadlow Gap Road. Major features of the project include:

- Widen existing Route 23 southbound lanes to accommodate dual left turn lanes onto newly constructed Rte. 224

- Construct Route 224 to four lanes on a new location including, a bridge over Big Moccasin Creek

- Construct two service roads to provide and maintain access to existing businesses and provide an opportunity for economic development

- Relocate the connection with existing Rte. 58

- Relocate traffic signals

- Remove the existing bridge on Route 58 at the VDOT Moccasin Gap area headquarters.

During construction, motorists are advised to expect delays and to allow extra travel time. Motorists can assist in reducing work zone congestion by postponing travel during peak morning and afternoon travel times. Additionally, motorists who can alter their work schedules or commute could improve their travel through the work zone.

In the coming weeks, expect temporary lane closures due to equipment being moved on-site.

Project Costs:
- Preliminary Engineering: $1.5 million
- Right of Way: $5.5 million
- Construction: $6.6 million
Total: $13.6 million

Project Completion Date: summer 2008

Phases II and III:
- Design plans to connect Route 72 to the bypass (Phases II and III) have been developed, but are on hold pending future funding.

- Some right of way has been acquired for Phases II and III, and right of way will continue to be acquired as funding becomes available.

Historical Timeline:
- April 4, 1997 - Value Engineering workshop

- September 28, 2000 - Location and Design (L&D) Public
o Hearing held at Scott County Vocational Center in
Gate City

- December 14, 2000 - Commonwealth Transportation Board
L&D approval

- May 2001 - Right of Way acquisition begins for Phase I

- November 2005 - Right of Way acquisition ends for
Phase I
o Amount spent for Right of Way – $5.5 million
o Number of families relocated – 11 homeowners, 22
o Number of businesses displaced - 7

- May 17, 2006 - Commonwealth Transportation Board approved $6.6 million contract to construct Phase I. The contractor is Elk Knob, Inc., Pennington Gap. (END)

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