Jason Bond 540-387-5493
July 25, 2013
COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD APPROVES LOCATION FOR LOCATION FOR THE SOUTHGATE CONNECTOR IN BLACKSBURG
RICHMOND— The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) at its July 17 meeting in Norfolk has approved the location for the Southgate Connector in the Town of Blacksburg. The $46.7 million project would improve access to the primary entrance of Virginia Tech by building an interchange located less than a half-mile south of the existing intersection.
“This project has long been a regional priority to improve safety and ease heavy traffic flow to and from the gateway of Virginia Tech,” said Transportation Secretary and CTB Chairman Sean T. Connaughton. “A new interchange would also improve accessibility and mobility to and within employment centers.”
The new interchange would replace the signalized intersection at Route 460 and Southgate Drive at the entrance to Virginia Tech with a diverging diamond interchange. This would eliminate the at-grade intersection on the Route 460 Bypass on Blacksburg. The project would also include a new bridge over Route 460. Portions of Southgate Drive and Huckleberry Trail would be relocated and improved as well.
Following the CTB’s approval, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will revise the environmental assessment for the project and send the revised document to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). VDOT will work with FHWA to finalize the environmental study.
If approved by FHWA, VDOT will move forward with producing detailed design plans which will include a design public hearing in fall 2013.
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