Paul Shanks 804-225-4262
June 20, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES U.S. ROUTE 460 PHASE II PROJECT IN BUCHANAN COUNTY MOVES FORWARD
Over 50 percent projected savings on construction using coal synergy
From the office of Gov. Bob McDonnell
RICHMOND - Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today that the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) is moving forward to build the U.S. Route 460 Connector Phase II project in Buchanan County.
The CTB authorized Virginia Department of Transportation Commissioner Greg Whirley to award and execute a $108 million design-build contract with Rapoca Energy to construct the road bed.
"This contract creates an opportunity to save over 50 percent in the construction of the rough grade road bed for this new section of U.S. Route 460 using coal synergy," said Governor McDonnell. "When the Route 460 Connector is completed, it will bring significant benefits to the area, including transportation improvements, jobs and economic development."
U.S. Route 460 Connector Phase II is a 6.2-mile four-lane, limited access highway located between the U.S. Route 460 Connector Phase I, which is under construction near Breaks Interstate Park, Route 460 and the proposed Route 121 (Coalfields Expressway) interchange in Buchanan County.
The design-build contract, scheduled to be signed in July, will use the coal synergy concept to provide a road to rough grade at a reduction of over 50 percent in costs. A second contract would pave the road and complete the project for motorists to use.
Coal synergy reduces road building costs substantially by using the coal companies' larger-scale earth moving equipment and construction techniques to prepare the road bed to rough grade, and allowing the companies to recover marketable coal reserves during the road bed preparation.
This route is designated as part of Corridor Q by the Appalachian Regional Commission and part of the Appalachian Development Highway System.
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