Michelle Earl 276-696-3283
Feb. 6, 2017
VDOT works with Azure Lane residents to improve route
Public comment during 2015 hearing led to project changes that will benefit length of entire road in Washington County
BRISTOL – By working with the residents of Azure Lane in Washington County, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is progressing toward a simpler and less expensive improvement to the route that will upgrade the entire road.
Grading, drainage improvements and paving will begin this month along a one-mile section of the western end of Azure Lane that intersects with Green Springs Church Road. A contract for the project was recently awarded to Rogers Group, Inc. for approximately $709,000. Work will be underway through May.
Right of way donations are still being acquired for the second phase of Azure Lane, which is the eastern end of the road that intersects with Parks Mill Road and is approximately 0.7-mile long. Preliminary estimates show the second phase will cost approximately $1.2 million.
In May 2015, VDOT held an information meeting to discuss improvements to a 0.31-mile section of Azure Lane. The 0.31-mile project had a January 2019 start date and a $2.6 million price tag due to the cost of right of way and the cost to bring the road to the current state standard.
“Many property owners at the public hearing showed interest in lessening the scope of work and donating right of way to make improvements to the entire route instead of just a small portion of the route,” said Conrad Hill, VDOT Abingdon Residency Administrator. “We took those comments to heart. With the residents committing to donate right of way, we are working toward improving the entire route for approximately $2 million.”
For the first phase of work, 26 parcels of right of way were donated by residents. The second phase of work requires 28 parcels of right of way be donated by residents. To date, approximately 20 of the 28 right of way parcels have been donated.
“We appreciate the willingness of Azure Lane’s residents to work with VDOT to make this project happen,” said Randy Hamilton, P.E., VDOT Bristol District Engineer. “The Azure Lane project is a great example of VDOT’s public hearing process at its best.”
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