Jeffrey Caldwell 804-786-2715
Oct. 15, 2009
COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD ADVANCES 120 STIMULUS PROJECTS WORTH $58 MILLION
RICHMOND — The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) advanced 120 stimulus projects through eight construction contract awards at its meeting in Richmond today.
The award is part of the commonwealth’s continued efforts to invest nearly $695 million in highway funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
The awarded contracts will result in additional bridge upgrades and congestion relief improvements and results in a total of 36 stimulus projects awarded throughout the commonwealth. The projects awarded today include:
- Route 3 widening and rehabilitation in Fredericksburg
- Seven design/build contracts to replace or repair 119 bridges and culverts (list, PDF, 16 KB), 112 of which are structurally deficient structures located across the state. These include:
- Bristol District — 41 structures
- Culpeper District — 3 structures
- Fredericksburg District — 4 structures
- Lynchburg District — 38 structures
- Northern Virginia District — 2 structures
- Richmond District — 6 structures
- Staunton District — 21 structures
- Salem District — 4 structures
“Our priorities are to address deficient pavements, structurally deficient bridges and much needed highway capacity and rail improvements to improve the economic competitiveness of the commonwealth,” said Secretary of Transportation Pierce R. Homer. “We have been very deliberate and thorough in selecting projects to maximize this investment and provide long-term benefits for Virginia.”
The CTB also took action to further speed the award of stimulus projects this fall. The CTB authorized Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Commissioner David S. Ekern to approve bids and execute contracts for ARRA-funded projects provided the bids are within the construction estimate through Dec. 17.
Normally, any contract more than $2 million must be approved by the CTB. This will allow VDOT to advance stimulus projects that are ready to move forward to construction without having to wait for the next monthly CTB meeting.
This action will potentially speed projects around the commonwealth expected to be awarded in the next 60 days such as:
- Witchduck Road improvements, rail projects and access improvements in the Hampton Roads District
- German School Road improvements in the Richmond District
- Fairfax County Parkway improvements in the Northern Virginia District
Stimulus Fast Facts:
- Virginia received a total of $694.5 million in highway funding
- $118 million of this stimulus funding will be for projects selected by the state’s five large urban metropolitan planning organizations
- $100.6 million is targeted toward structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridges
- $132.6 is targeted toward re-paving or overlaying 436 lane miles of highway and primary roads in Virginia
- $91.2 million is targeted to fund improvements necessary near expanding military installations
- $61.7 million is targeted to improve Virginia’s rail network and access to the Port of Virginia
- $20.8 million is targeted to be used for enhancement projects
- $124.2 million is targeted to advance much-needed congestion-relief projects
- 36 stimulus projects have been awarded
- Virginia has met every deadline and requirement set forth in the ARRA legislation
For additional information on the commonwealth’s implementation of the ARRA, please visit www.stimulus.virginia.gov.
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.