Under Construction: Route 58 Widening - Lovers Leap in Patrick County (PPTA project)
Cost and schedule ►
Traffic alerts ►
Flagging operations and lane closures may be in place periodically. While traffic impacts are limited in the east section, flagging operations may be in place in the west section.
BLASTING NOTICE: Beginning May 31, blasting operations will commence on the project. Intermittent blasting will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays and continue at various locations on the project through summer 2025. The first blasting will impact traffic in the vicinity of Dehart Botanical Gardens, approximately 1.7 miles east of the Lovers Leap Mountain overlook and Fred Clifton Park. For blasting that is close to Route 58, traffic in both directions may be blocked for approximately 15-20 minutes at a time. Drivers and residents along the Route 58 corridor should expect loud noise and allow extra travel time. Electronic message boards will be used to inform drivers of scheduled blasting that will impact traffic.
DETOUR SIGNS: While detour signs in a fluorescent pink color are in place, these do not designate a permanent or scheduled detour. The signed detour route is suitable for all traffic during incidents including tractor-trailers and other large vehicles. These signs are used for incident detours only. Message boards are in place to alert traffic and drivers should expect delays.
Public outreach ►
A “Pardon Our Dust” public information meeting was held in August 2021. A brief presentation was given and representatives answered questions and provided information about construction phasing and traffic impacts.
For more information, please review the following presentation.
This $300-million design-build project will widen 7.4 miles of Route 58 over Lovers Leap from two lanes to four lanes. This section starts 0.7 mile north of Stuart and extends to 0.3 mile east of Route 610 (Cloudbreak Road) in Patrick County.
This is the fourth phase of Route 58 widening between Hillsville and Stuart to be completed under a public-private partnership agreement with Branch Civil Inc. VDOT entered into the amended agreement for the Lovers Leap phase in November 2020.
A groundbreaking event was held on September 29, 2021.
PARDON OUR DUST Meeting Held
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in conjunction with design-build contractor Branch Civil Inc. will held a “Pardon Our Dust” public information meeting in August 2021 to discuss construction impacts and traffic management for the upcoming project to widen 7.4 miles of Route 58 over Lovers Leap Mountain in Patrick County.
For more information, please review the following:
From Route 58/Route 640 Intersection to End of Project (Existing Stuart Bypass)
From ¼ Mile East of Dehart Botanical Gardens to Route 58/Route 640 Intersection Separated Westbound and Eastbound Lanes
From beginning of Project to ¾ Mile east of Lovers Leap Overlook and from ¾ Mile East of Lovers Leap Overlook to ¼ Mile East of Entrance to Dehart Botanical Gardens
In December 2003, VDOT signed a public-private partnership agreement with Branch Civil Inc. to develop and widen Route 58 from Hillsville to Stuart as funding became available. The 36-mile corridor begins southwest of Hillsville and continues east through Carroll, Floyd, and Patrick counties to approximately one mile west of Stuart.
VDOT entered into the agreement in accordance with the Public Private Transportation Act (PPTA). In 1995, the General Assembly passed the PPTA allowing private entities to propose innovative solutions for designing, constructing, financing and operating transportation improvements.
The Route 58 Corridor from Hillsville to Stuart is the last remaining section to complete the widening of Route 58 from Virginia Beach to I-77. Once connected with I-77, the long anticipated benefits of the 1989 General Assembly legislated U.S. Route 58 Corridor Development Program will greatly be enhanced throughout the entire region.
Previous phases of widening completed under this agreement include
- A three-mile Blue Ridge Parkway crossing at Meadows of Dan that was completed in May 2006 and cost $20 million
- A 5.2-mile bypass in Carroll County built around the Town of Hillsville that was completed in August 2011 and cost $83 million
- An 8.3-mile section at Tri-County and Laurel Fork that was completed in October 2016 and cost $120 million
What's Remaining in the PPTA Corridor?
The two remaining sections of Route 58 to be widened between Hillsville and Stuart include projects at Vesta (four miles) and Crooked Oak (7.2 miles). In addition, 1.7 miles of Route 669 in Carroll County will have to be improved as part of the Route 58 widening.
This project will widen Route 58 from two lanes to four lanes and improve safety on the mountainous portion of the roadway over Lovers Leap.