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Shay Ponquinette 804-786-2935
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Shannon Marshall 804-371-6844
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May 5, 2011



VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HOSTS DBE/SWAM OUTREACH SESSION FOR THE DOWNTOWN TUNNEL/MIDTOWN TUNNEL/MLK EXTENSION PROJECT
VDOT Invites DBE and SWAM Firms to Learn about the Project and its Inclusion Program

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is hosting a Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) and Small, Women-owned and Minority-owned (SWAM) businesses outreach session to provide firms with the opportunity to learn about subcontracting opportunities for the Downtown Tunnel/Midtown Tunnel/MLK Extension (DT/MT/MLK) Project.

The event will be held today, Thursday, May 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside, 777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk. 

During the event, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the project, its estimated procurement schedule and possible subcontracting opportunities. The program will introduce support services that have been developed to assist individuals and companies with identifying opportunities.

“The Downtown Tunnel/Midtown Tunnel/MLK Extension Project will generate substantial opportunities for construction and non-construction business owners, and also provide local employment opportunities during the next several years,” said Grindly Johnson, VDOT chief of administration. “We’re pleased to offer a project that will result in substantial economic benefits to the region.”

The objective of the session is to encourage subcontractors to position themselves to participate in the DT/MT/MLK Project. Specially targeted are companies certified as DBE or SWAM vendors.

Representatives from the Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise will be available to assist eligible firms gain needed certifications.

The DT/MT/MLK Project is located in the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth and is comprised of a new two-lane tunnel under the Elizabeth River adjacent to the existing Midtown Tunnel; maintenance and safety improvements to the existing Midtown Tunnel; maintenance and safety improvements to the Downtown Tunnel; and the extension of the MLK Freeway from London Boulevard to Interstate 264. 

The estimated cost is $1.9 billion.

To register for the event, email BOWDCenter@VDOT.Virginia.Gov or call 804-662-9555. 

For additional information on the project, please visit www.midtowntunnel.org. For information about becoming a DBE or SWAM vendor, visit www.dmbe.virginia.gov.

 

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