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May 4, 2015

Pavement improvement season is underway

COLONIAL HEIGHTS – The pavement improvement season is officially underway for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Richmond District. For many motorists and Richmond area residents, this will mean smoother driving surfaces by year’s end. VDOT will spend approximately $102 million to resurface 1,500 lane miles of state-maintained routes in the region during the 2015 season, which typically extends between April and November.

“This year’s paving program will allow us to make long strides towards improving the roads, some of our state’s most important infrastructures,” said Rob Bowman, district maintenance engineer. “We’ll be able to maintain safety, preserve the structure of hundreds of roadways and improve rideability.”

Richmond area interstates will receive approximately $23 million in pavement resurfacing. This includes 62 lane miles of asphalt pavement and concrete pavement repairs. New projects will include:

  • Interstate 95 northbound between Brook Road (mile marker 81) and Sliding Hill Road (mile marker 86) in Henrico County.
  • Interstate 95 southbound
    • Between mile markers 99 (one mile south of Doswell/Rt. 30) and 95 in Hanover County
    • Between Rt. 54 (mile marker 92) in Ashland and Lewistown Road (mile marker 89) in Hanover County
    • Between Wagner Road (mile marker 48) in Petersburg and mile marker 43 in Prince George County
    • The ramps at the I-295 interchange (mile marker 46)
    • The ramps at S. Crater Rd./Rt. 301 (mile marker 45)
    • The ramps at Courtland Road/Rt. 35 (mile marker 41)
  • Interstate 64
    • Ramps at I-95 north (mile marker 190) in Richmond
    • Eastbound ramp at Laburnum Avenue (mile marker 195) in Henrico County
    • Westbound ramp at Bottoms Bridge/Route 249 (mile marker 205) in New Kent County
    • Between Bottoms Bridge/Rt. 249 (mile marker 205) and mile marker 209 in New Kent County
  • Interstate 295
    • Ramp at I-64 west (Exit 28B), Rt. 60/Bottoms Bridge and Rt. 60 west/Seven Pines

Primary routes will receive 441 lane miles of asphalt paving, repair and latex modified treatment totaling $37 million. These routes are numbered 1 to 599 and include major roads and highways. New projects will include:

  • Route 288 southbound between Powhite Pkwy. (Rt. 76) and Commonwealth Centre Pkwy.
  • Powhite Pkwy./Rt. 76 west between just east of Courthouse Rd. (Rt. 653) and just west of Rt. 288

Secondary routes will receive more than 867 lane miles of resurfacing totaling $43 million. These state-maintained roads are numbered 600 and above, and are typically neighborhood or low volume roads.

A majority of the roads slated for resurfacing will receive patching followed by one of five treatments*:

  • Modified surface treatment – Tar and gravel covered in a fine grade of stone to reduce the likelihood of pieces of gravel from getting thrown from under car tires. Residents can typically use the road soon after the last application of gravel is applied.
  • Multi-layer (or cape seal) – Involves spraying a thin film of heated liquid asphalt on the road surface followed by a layer of fine gravel. The gravel is compacted so it adheres to the asphalt. It takes about two weeks for any loose gravel to work its way into the pavement. After the new road surface has cured, excess gravel is swept away and a slurry seal is applied. Residents can use the road soon after the gravel has been applied for the first layer of treatment. Once the slurry seal layer is in place, the road will need several hours to harden.
  • Slurry seal – A type of pavement sealant that consists of liquid asphalt, cement, lime, fine aggregates and water. It is applied as a thin layer over the existing surface. In order to give the new surface time to harden, drivers are shifted to other travel lanes or encouraged to use an alternate route for several hours.
  • Asphalt (or blacktop) – This treatment is applied as a hot material in layers and compacted. Drivers are shifted to other travel lanes or use an alternate route for several hours while the surface cools.

For more information about VDOT projects and programs, visit


* EDITOR’S NOTE: VDOT has compiled a list of primary and secondary routes in the Richmond District slated for resurfacing this year. Residents can check this list at to see if their road will receive one of the treatments described above.

VDOT’s Richmond District oversees maintenance and construction activities on routes in 14 counties in central Virginia: Amelia, Brunswick, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico (primary routes only), Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, New Kent, Nottoway, Powhatan and Prince George counties.

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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