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Elm Avenue Interchange Improvements - Roanoke

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Begin Date
Spring 2013

Est Completion Date
March 2016

$20.4 million


Jeremy Hendricks

About the Project

The I-581/Elm Avenue interchange improvement project in Roanoke was
designed to relieve congestion along Elm Avenue and its intersections,
including the northbound and southbound off-ramps from I-581.

In terms of construction, this was accomplished by the addition of one lane to both off ramps from I-581 and extending the left turn lane in each direction on Elm Avenue. Consequently, extending the left turn lanes required the widening of two bridges on Elm Avenue: the bridge over I-581 and the bridge over the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks. The existing substandard vertical clearance over I-581 was addressed as part of this project.

Additional work to be performed by the design-builder included:

• Reconstructing both Elm Avenue bridges
• Constructing retaining walls for ramp widening
• Acquiring right of way
• Relocating utilities within the project limits
• Milling and overlaying existing pavement
• Updating traffic signals and lighting
• Installing signs and pavement markings
• Installing drainage structures
• Developing storm water management facilities
• Providing traffic and sequencing for construction
• Installing erosion and sediment controls

The Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded the project to design-build contractor, American Infrastructure - VA Inc. of Glen Allen in July 2012. The contract execution and notice to proceed were granted at the end of August 2012.

VDOT and design-build contractor American Infrastructure Inc. held a public information meeting to discuss the upcoming project to improve the Interstate 581 and Elm Avenue interchange.The meeting was held on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Roanoke.

Substantial completion of this project occurred in June 2015. At that time, the interchange and signals became fully functional.

For a more detailed account of the phases/timeline of the project, pPlease click on the link below to view/download the flyer about the project.

Project Flyer

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