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April 18, 2013

Pavement improvement season is underway

COLONIAL HEIGHTS – Pavement improvement season is officially underway for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Richmond District. For many motorists and Richmond area residents, this will mean smoother driving surfaces by year’s end. VDOT will spend approximately $68 million to resurface 984 lane miles of state-maintained routes in the region during the 2013 season, which typically extends between April and November.

“This year, we will continue to make improvements to the region’s high volume routes as well as addressing deficient pavement on hundreds of secondary roads,” said Rob Bowman, district maintenance engineer. “Our goal is to maintain safety and preserve the structure of the roadways as well as enhance rideability.”

Richmond area interstates will receive approximately $48.5 million in pavement resurfacing. This includes 87 lane miles of asphalt pavement and 43 lane miles of concrete pavement repairs. New projects will include:

  • Interstate 95 northbound between Lewistown Road (mile marker 89) in Hanover County and Route 54 (mile marker 92) in Ashland
  • Interstate 95 southbound 
    • Between the Caroline/Hanover County line (mile marker 101) and just north of the Kings Dominion exit/Route 30 (mile marker 99) in Hanover County
    • Between mile marker 95 in Hanover County and Route 54 (mile marker 92) in Ashland
    • Between Lewistown Road (mile marker 89) and mile marker 88 in Hanover County
    • Between Sliding Hill Road (mile marker 86) in Hanover County and the I-295 interchange (mile marker 84) in Henrico County
  • Interstate 85 northbound
    • Between just north of the Route 1 interchange (mile marker 16) in Mecklenburg County and mile marker 19 in Brunswick County
    • Between the Route 46 interchange (mile marker 27) and mile marker 32 in Brunswick County 
  • Interstate 85 southbound
    • Between mile marker 32 and the Route 1 interchange (mile marker 28) in Brunswick County
    • Between mile marker 21 in Brunswick County and the Route 1 interchange (mile marker 15) in Mecklenburg County

Primary routes will receive 84 lane miles of asphalt paving, repair and latex modified treatment totaling $9 million. These routes are numbered 1 to 599 and include major roads and highways. New projects will include:

  • Route 288 northbound and southbound between the Chesterfield/Powhatan County line and the James River Bridge in Powhatan
  • Midlothian Turnpike (Route 60) eastbound between Otterdale Road and Coalfield Road in Chesterfield County
  • Two locations on Hull Street Road (Route 360) westbound in Chesterfield County:  Between Baldwin Creek Road and Otterdale Road, and between Courthouse Road and Gregory Pond Road
  • Two locations on Brook Road (Route 1) in Henrico County: Northbound and southbound between Hilliard Road and Brookside Boulevard, and northbound between Brookside Boulevard and Parham Road

Secondary routes will receive more than 770 lane miles of resurfacing totaling $10.5 million. These state-maintained roads are numbered 600 and above, and are typically neighborhood or low volume roads.

A majority of the roads slated for resurfacing will receive patching followed by one of five treatments*:

  • Modified surface treatment – Tar and gravel covered in a fine grade of stone to reduce the likelihood of pieces of gravel from getting thrown from under car tires. Residents can typically use the road soon after the last application of gravel is applied.
  • Latex modified – This material is similar to slurry seal, although it is more durable and typically used on higher volume routes.
  • Multi-layer (or cape seal) – Involves spraying a thin film of heated liquid asphalt on the road surface followed by a layer of fine gravel. The gravel is compacted so it adheres to the asphalt. It takes about two weeks for any loose gravel to work its way into the pavement. After the new road surface has cured, excess gravel is swept away and a slurry seal is applied. Residents can use the road soon after the gravel has been applied for the first layer of treatment. Once the slurry seal layer is in place, the road will need several hours to harden.
  • Slurry seal – A type of pavement sealant that consists of liquid asphalt, cement, lime, fine aggregates and water. It is applied as a thin layer over the existing surface. In order to give the new surface time to harden, drivers are shifted to other travel lanes or encouraged to use an alternate route for several hours.
  • Asphalt (or blacktop) – This treatment is applied as a hot material in layers and compacted. Drivers are shifted to other travel lanes or use an alternate route for several hours while the surface cools.

For more information about VDOT projects and programs, visit


* EDITOR’S NOTE: VDOT has compiled a list of primary and secondary routes in the Richmond District slated for resurfacing this year. Residents can check this list at to see if their road will receive one of the treatments described above.

VDOT’s Richmond District oversees maintenance and construction activities on routes in 14 counties in central Virginia: Amelia, Brunswick, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico (primary routes only), Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, New Kent, Nottoway, Powhatan and Prince George counties.

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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