Lindsay LeGrand 804-524-6179
June 18, 2014
GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE ANNOUNCES TRANSPORTATION FUNDING THAT WILL IMPROVE TRAVEL IN THE RICHMOND AREA
Commonwealth Transportation Board approves funding for I-85, I-295, Lewistown Road and the Virginia Capital Trail among many other projects
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved full funding for significant projects in the Richmond area that will improve and preserve key infrastructures and provide enhanced multi-modal travel. The projects are part of the Six-Year Improvement Program, which allocates $13.1 billion to transportation improvements statewide over the next six years beginning July 1.
“The program reflects input from the community, including a regional public meeting held over the spring and written comments received in the last few months,” said McAuliffe. “The public played an important role in helping the CTB to shape the transportation program, making the best use of limited resources on projects that will ease congestion and move traffic more efficiently.”
Project highlights in Richmond include:
Lewistown Road Bridge replacement– The program provides an additional $2 million to fully fund the $30 million project on Lewistown Road over I-95. In addition to replacement, the new structure will be widened to double capacity from two to four lanes. The bridge deck will be raised three feet to meet modern standards for vertical clearance. New ramps and turn lanes will be constructed near the approaches to accommodate the new capacity and clearance space. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2015 before wrapping up in spring 2016.
Interstate Pavement Restoration on I-85 and I-295 – Nearly $93 million has been allocated to fully fund three projects to rehabilitate pavement on Interstates 85 and 295. Approximately $66 million is provided for two projects on I-85, which will resurface 32 miles of pavement in Brunswick and Mecklenburg counties. Nearly $26 million will fully fund nearly 12 miles of pavement restoration on I-295 in Prince George, Chesterfield and Henrico counties. The restorations will begin in summer 2014 and is expected to be complete in summer of 2016.
Virginia Capital Trail – An additional $5 million is allocated towards completing the shared use trails along the Route 5 corridor in Charles City and Henrico counties. The new funds provide two phases with over 20 miles of constructed paths. The $5 million allocation will fully fund the $60 million project. Construction on the final phases is expected to be complete in the fall of 2015.
Transit improvements – Funding will go toward a high speed rail draft Environmental Impact Statement for service along I-95 from Richmond to Washington D.C., and the Richmond Broad Street bus rapid transit system.
The six-year program also allocates funding to rehabilitate 378 lane miles of primary routes and 375 lane miles of interstate roads in central Virginia.
The program will be updated later this year to comply with the new prioritization process, which was signed into law under House Bill 2 by McAuliffe earlier this year. Under the process, projects will be objectively selected based on regional needs.
The CTB will work in collaboration with localities to set weights for key factors like congestion mitigation, economic development, accessibility, safety and environmental quality. Specific projects will then be screened and selected for funding beginning in July 2016.
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