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June 23, 2010



TRANSPORTATION BOARD APPROVES TWO CONTRACTS FOR RICHMOND AREA TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS

COLONIAL HEIGHTS—The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved two contracts last week valued at approximately $14.5 million for central Virginia construction and maintenance.

Abernathy Construction Corporation of Glen Allen was awarded an $8.2 million contract to improve Oaklawn Boulevard (Route 36) and Temple Avenue (Route 144) near Fort Lee’s Sisisky Gate in the city of Hopewell and Prince George County, respectively. The project will involve: 

  • Partially realigning and reconstructing Route 144 near Route 3
  • Creating a new intersection and traffic signals at the relocated Route 144 and Route 36
  • Widening along Route 36 east
  • Sidewalk installation
  • Improving the intersection and traffic signals on Route 36 including access points to and from Oaklawn Boulevard and Temple Avenue
  • Utility relocation
  • Pavement reconstruction
  • Management of storm water and drainage systems

This project is a critical component of the long term traffic plan for the Tri-cities area. The improvements will increase traffic flow to better accommodate the 15,000 population increase expected to arrive by Fort Lee in 2012. The project is expected to be complete by November 2012.

Curtis Contracting Inc. of West Point was awarded a $6.3 million contract to patch more than 16 miles of deteriorating concrete on Route 288 in Chesterfield County between the I-95 interchange and the Powhite Parkway (Route 76). The concrete pavement repairs will improve ride quality and overall safety for Route 288 north and south drivers.  

The project will involve temporary closures of lanes, ramps and shoulders during non peak hours. This will result in minor impacts to drivers. In addition, the contractor will be restricted from installing lane closures near the Hull Street Road (Route 360) and Iron Bridge Road (Route 10) interchanges during the morning rush hour. The project is expected to be complete by October 2011.

For more information on the meeting and other CTB actions, visit http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/meetings.asp.

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