Lou Hatter 434-422-9866
Sept. 17, 2010
CTB AWARDS TWO CULPEPER DISTRICT PROJECTS
Construction will begin this fall on Opal Interchange, Rt. 620 bridge in Culpeper Co.
CULPEPER — The Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded construction of the Opal Interchange project in Fauquier County to Shirley Contracting Co., LLC, of Lorton. Shirley Construction’s $12,189,952.46 bid was the lowest of eight bidders on the project.
Also at its Sept. 15 meeting the CTB awarded the Route 620 (Edwards Shop Road) bridge replacement project to Allegheny Construction Co., Inc. of Roanoke. That project will replace the substandard one-lane bridge over Mountain Run with a two-lane concrete bridge, 34 feet wide and 150 feet long, that will carry legal loads. Allegheny Construction Co.’s successful bid to build the project was $2,393,672.50.
The Opal Interchange project eliminates a safety hazard at the existing intersection of Route 15/29 and Route 17 by relocating the turning movement from Route 15/29 south onto Route 17 southbound to a point further south and providing a loop ramp, a 256-foot-long bridge and the connecting roadway. This will eliminate car and truck traffic from a crossing movement on Route 29 at the existing signal-controlled intersection. One left turn lane will remain for local traffic bound for the businesses on Route 17. The project’s design also allows the construction of additional ramps and loops in the future to complete a full interchange.
The Opal Interchange project, which has a total estimated cost of $44.6 million, including engineering, right-of-way acquisition and construction, is scheduled for completion in August 2013. More information about the Opal Interchange project can be found on VDOT’s web site, http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/culpeper/opal_interchange.asp.
Construction on both projects is expected to begin this fall.
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