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SAL 181

March 18, 2015

Project to reduce congestion, improve safety and accessibility to the entrance of Virginia Tech

SALEM – The Commonwealth Transportation Board at its March 18 meeting in Richmond awarded a contract worth approximately $38.7-million to Roanoke-based contractor Branch Highways to build the Route 460 Southgate Connector in Blacksburg.

The primary purpose of this project is to improve safety and reduce congestion by replacing the existing signalized intersection at Route 460 and Southgate Drive at the entrance to Virginia Tech with a new interchange.

Removing the signalized intersection will eliminate the only at-grade, signalized intersection on the 37-mile section of Route 460 between Interstate 81 and the Town of Narrows.  The interchange configuration will be a diverging diamond with two parallel bridges over the Route 460 Bypass.

This interchange project will include the relocation of portions of Southgate Drive and construction of roundabouts at its intersections with Duck Pond Drive and Research Center Drive.  Southgate Drive between the bypass and Duck Pond Drive will be widened to a four-lane divided highway with a median.
The project will be built in coordination with the planned Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport expansion.  To accommodate the airport expansion, Research Center Drive and segments of the Huckleberry Trail will be relocated as part of the Southgate Connector project.

Construction on the Route 460 Southgate Connector project is expected to start in spring 2015 with the new interchange open to traffic in December 2018 and final completion in December 2019.

For more information about the Route 460 Southgate Connector project, visit VDOT’s website at

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