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Heidi Underwood 540-387-5493
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SAL-48893

Oct. 13, 2010



FIRST SEGMENT OF THE ROUTE 58 HILLSVILLE BYPASS OPENS TO TRAFFIC
The entire bypass is expected to be completed in fall 2011

SALEM – The first segment of the Route 58 Hillsville Bypass has been opened to traffic. This section of the Hillsville Bypass is approximately 1.5 miles long and begins 0.1 mile east of Route 714 (Old Galax Pike) and ends at the interchange with Route 52.  The remaining 3.7 miles of the Hillsville Bypass are still under construction. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday, Oct. 13 to mark the opening of the first segment.  

The Hillsville Bypass consists of a new four-lane road with two 12-foot travel lanes in each direction along with paved shoulders and a grassy median.  

Work continues on the eastern end of the bypass, which begins at the interchange with Route 52 and ends 0.1 mile west of Route 820 (Freemont Road).  Crews anticipate completing the entire 5.2-mile Route 58 Hillsville Bypass by November 1, 2011.  

Branch Highways Inc. of Roanoke is currently building the bypass under a public-private partnership agreement (PPTA) that the Virginia Department of Transportation entered into in December 2003.  Under this agreement, Branch Highways and their design/build partners are responsible for the final design and construction of the 36-mile Route 58 corridor between Hillsville and Stuart as funding becomes available.  

In April 2007, a state budget was approved that included funding for the new Route 58 Hillsville Bypass.  Branch Highways completed a portion of the Route 58 widening under the PPTA agreement in Meadows of Dan in spring 2006.  

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