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Oct. 22, 2007



WARWICK BOULEVARD PROJECT, PHASE I NOW COMPLETE VDOT contract completed on-time and on-budget
VDOT contract completed on-time and on-budget

NEWPORT NEWS – This week will mark the completion of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s construction for the Warwick Boulevard Improvement Project, Phase I in Newport News. The $10.2 million project, which began in February 2006, was completed on time and on budget.



Local contractor Basic Construction started work on the Phase I of the Warwick Boulevard Improvement Project in February 2006 and completed the work on October 20, 2007.



Phase I of the project made extensive roadway improvements at the intersection of J. Clyde Morris Boulevard and included widening the intersection, adding more turn and through lanes, upgrading utilities, and installing improved lighting and new traffic signals that identify emergency service vehicles. A designated right turn lane from J. Clyde Morris Boulevard onto Warwick Boulevard added a 600 foot merge lane to help relieve congestion during the evening rush hour and increase safety around Christopher Newport University.



The next two project phases will replace all underground utilities and widen Warwick Boulevard from four to six lanes between J. Clyde Morris Boulevard and Nettles Drive. Phase II contractor Suburban Grading and Utilities began work on September 2006 and is presently ahead of its scheduled March 2008 completion date. Phase III is currently being advertised for bid with an anticipated start date by the beginning of 2008. All three phases of the project will be completed by the end of 2009.



For more information on the Warwick Boulevard Improvement Project, visit www.WarwickBoulevard.org. For the latest information about traffic and construction around Hampton Roads, motorists can dial 511, listen to 610 AM or visit www.VirginiaDOT.org.



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