Corridor Q: Route 460 Connector - Phase II
Project at a Glance
Mandy Cox, Project Manager
Design of the $108 million contract with Bizzack Construction, Inc., Lexington, Ky., to design and build the road bed for the U.S. Route 460 Connector Phase II is underway.
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 uses the coal synergy concept to provide a road to rough grade at a reduction of over 50 percent in costs. A second contract will 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.
▶ A public hearing for the location of Route 460 Connector Phase II was held Tuesday, July 14, 2009 from 4-7 p.m. at Breaks Interstate Park. Approximately 140 citizens were in attendance.
▶ November 2009 – Commonwealth Transportation Board approved Location of Route 460 Connector Phase II
▶ January 2010 – VDOT received Finding of No Significant Impact from FHWA (FONSI)
Federal Highway Administration Finding of No Significant Impacts, Environmental Assessment and Appendices (1-26-2010) (PDF, 30 MB
▶ June 2013 - Commonwealth Transportation Board authorized VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley to award and execute a $108 million design-build contract to construct the road bed.
▶ July 2013 - design-build contract to construct the road bed awarded/executed.