Michelle Earl 276-696-3283
March 29, 2011
Ceremonial groundbreaking held today for Route 460 Connector Phase I in Buchanan County
BRISTOL— Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton and several state, local and elected officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking today at Breaks Interstate Park to celebrate the beginning of construction for the Route 460 Connector Phase I in Buchanan County.
“Many years of work and effort have led to this day and I’m excited that we are ready to begin construction for this first phase of the Route 460 Connector,” said Connaughton.
Bizzack Construction, LLC., Lexington, Ky., was awarded the design-build contract in August 2009. The contractor’s design efforts are nearing completion and construction will begin in the coming weeks. The project, valued at approximately $113 million, will be completed in August 2014..
The Route 460 Connector Phase I includes design and construction of:
- Twin high-level bridges, 1700 linear feet in length, located over Conaway Road (Route 610) and Grassy Creek. When completed the over 250-foot-high bridges will be the tallest in Virginia.
- A 0.8-mile four-lane divided highway (US Route 460) starting at the Kentucky State Line.
- An access ramp to Route 80, improving access to Breaks Interstate Park. This includes the construction of a bridge crossing Route 768 and Hunts Creek.
- Secondary connections to Routes 609 and 693 from Route 80.
Currently, VDOT is reviewing an unsolicited coal synergy proposal for Phase II of the Route 460 Connector.
“When completed, the Route 460 Connector will tie into the Coalfields Expressway,” said Connaughton. “Alpha Natural Resources, our coal synergy partner for the Hawk’s Nest portion of the Coalfields Expressway is finalizing the road bed portion of this section.”
Future developments of these federally designated Corridor Q projects will ultimately provide connections between Route 460 and proposed Route 121 – Coalfields Expressway, improving access in the area and creating economic development opportunities for Buchanan and Dickenson counties. (END)
- Link to photos from today’s event: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vadot/archives/date-taken/2011/03/29/
- Corridor Q information from the Appalachian Regional Commission website: http://www.arc.gov/program_areas/index.asp?PROGRAM_AREA_ID=19
- Project information from www.VirginiaDOT.org: http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/bristol/460_connector_-_phase_i.asp
- Route 460 information from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s website: http://transportation.ky.gov/highway-design/pages/partnering-conferences.aspx
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