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Southgate Connector - Blacksburg

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Spring 2015

Est Completion Date
Open to Traffic December 2018



Phil Hammack

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:


Timeline & Traffic Impact

Construction on the project is currently set to begin in Spring of 2015. 

While temporary road and trail detours may be necessary for short durations, impacts to users of these facilities should be minimal. The anticipated construction duration is 56-57 months. Access to all properties will be maintained during construction.

The project is expected to be open to traffic in December 2018 with incidental work to be completed by December 2019.


Drive It! Video Simulation of Southgate


Location Public Hearing

A location public hearing was held on the project in May 2013. 

Public Hearing Documents:

Aerial Display

Additional Displays

Location Hearing Brochure


Design Public Hearing

A design public hearing was held October 21, 2013 at the Blacksburg Community Center in Blacksburg.

Public Hearing Documents:

Design Hearing Brochure

Design Hearing Comment Sheet

Design Hearing Display 1

Design Hearing Display 2

Design Hearing Display 3

Design Hearing Display 4


Environmental Assessment

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:

Environmental Assessment

Traffic and Transportation Technical Memorandum

Alternatives Technical Memorandum

Air Quality Report

Preliminary Noise Analysis

Finding of No Significant Impact

Revised Environmental Assessment

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