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Jan. 9, 2009



VDOT ISSUES REQUEST FOR DETAILED PROPOSALS FOR ROUTE 460 CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS
Private sector teams must submit detailed proposals by Aug. 14, 2009

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) issued a request for detailed proposals to build a new Route 460 between Petersburg and Suffolk on Dec. 31, 2008.

Through Virginia’s Public-Private Transportation Act’s procurement process, three private sector teams - Cintra USA, Itinere and Virginia Corridor Partners – submitted conceptual proposals in September 2006 for the project.

Their proposals rely on private investment, user fees, tolls and other innovative financing methods.

As part of this phase of the procurement, teams have been asked to provide VDOT with detailed proposals by Aug. 14, 2009.

A 14-member independent review panel was appointed in February 2007 by Secretary of Transportation Pierce R. Homer, and was chaired by Commonwealth Transportation Board member Alan S. Witt.

The panel, comprised of citizens, Commonwealth Transportation Board members, state government officials and representatives from planning organizations along the Route 460 corridor, provided recommendations that were included in the request for detailed proposals.

The request for detailed proposals has been modified to acknowledge the absence of public sector support for the project and to seek scope reductions, operational efficiencies and other innovations to respond to the current financial situation.

The Route 460 corridor is a strategic component in Virginia’s long-term freight management, hurricane evacuation, congestion reduction and economic development programs.

VDOT’s principal objectives for the project are to:

  • Improve travel safety along the corridor
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  • Create a new emergency evacuation route for Hampton Roads
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  • Accommodate increases in freight movement along the corridor


For more information on the Public-Private Transportation Act process and guidelines and to read the three private sector proposals to build a new Route 460, visit www.virginiadot.org/projects/new460_main.asp.

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