Southgate Connector - Blacksburg
Project at a Glance
What's being done?
This $46.7-million project will replace the signalized intersection at Route 460 and Southgate Drive at the entrance to Virginia Tech with a diverging diamond interchange. This new interchange will eliminate one of the last two at-grade intersections on the Blacksburg Bypass section of U.S. Route 460.
Two new bridges will be constructed over U.S. Route 460 Bypass and portions of Southgate Drive and the Huckleberry Trail will be relocated.
For additional details about the project, view the following video:
The project was awarded in March 2015 and construction on the project began in Spring of 2015.
The anticipated construction duration is 56-57 months. Access to all properties will be maintained during construction.
On October 1, 2016, the new roundabout opened to traffic on Southgate Drive at Duck Pond.
The project is expected to be open to traffic in December 2018 with incidental work to be completed by December 2019.
While temporary road and trail detours may be necessary for short durations, impacts to users of these facilities should be minimal.
Access to all properties will be maintained during construction.
Lane and road closures and activity in the work zone continue. Motorists should use caution in the area and expect delays.
Discovery Drive in Blacksburg will be closed for use as a storage, staging area and access point for the Southgate project. Discovery Drive is a dead end cul-de-sac in the Corporate Research Center area and will be closed for the duration of the project.
INNOVATION DRIVE CLOSURE – Innovation Drive will be closed at the intersection of existing Discovery Drive in Blacksburg the week of April 24 for construction at the intersection of Discovery Drive. This road closure will extend through June 24. Traffic will have access to the businesses on Innovation Drive from either end of Innovation Drive off of existing Research Center Drive.
HUCKLEBERRY TRAIL SHIFT - Work on the Underpass under Route 460 began on Monday, November 21, and will extend through several months until completion. Flagging operations and shifting of the trail within the construction area will occur at various times throughout the construction timeframe. Impacts to pedestrian and bicycle traffic will occur. Caution is encouraged for everyone utilizing the Trail to be alert as heavy equipment will be operating in the area.
Drive It! Video Simulation of Southgate
Drive It! Video Simulations of Southgate Connector Project
These videos provide a virtual drive though on future sections of the Route 460 Southgate Connector project in Blacksburg. The video provides a rendering of what the completed road will look like. The primary purpose of this project is to improve safety and reduce congestion by replacing the existing signalized intersection at Route 460 and Southgate Drive at the entrance to Virginia Tech with a new interchange. This interchange project will include the relocation of portions of Southgate Drive and construction of roundabouts at its intersections with Duck Pond Drive and Research Center Drive.
Westbound Route 460 exit onto northbound Southgate Drive (onto VT campus) to westbound Duck Pond Drive
Northbound Southgate Drive from the end of the bridge over Route 460 to the Virginia Tech entry sign wall
Northbound Southgate Drive from north of Research Center Drive (near the first Virginia Tech kiosk loop road intersection) to past the Duck Pond Drive roundabout near the Johnson-Miller Track Complex and South Recreational Area Fields
Southbound Southgate Drive (leaving VT campus) from Duck Pond Drive roundabout approach (near the Johnson-Miller Track Complex and South Recreational Area Fields) to the westbound Route 460 entry ramp
Northbound Southgate Drive from north of Research Center Drive onto and around the Virginia Tech kiosk loop road
Westbound Research Center Drive from the approach to the roundabout to southbound Southgate Drive
Northbound Southgate Drive from near the Virginia Tech entry wall to eastbound Research Center Drive
Renderings of Completed Bridges over Route 460 at Virginia Tech Entrance
The project includes a new pair of bridges on Southgate Drive over Route 460.
Location Public Hearing
A location public hearing was held on the project in May 2013.
Public Hearing Documents:
Design Public Hearing
A design public hearing was held October 21, 2013 at the Blacksburg Community Center in Blacksburg.
Public Hearing Documents:
In July 2013, the Commonwealth Transportation Board approved the location for the project.
Following the CTB’s approval, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) revised the environmental assessment for the project and sent the revised document to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). VDOT worked with FHWA to finalize the environmental study.
To view the environmental assessment and related documents for this project, select from the links below: