Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
April 20, 2017
VDOT TO RESURFACE OVER 1,100 LANE MILES IN THE RICHMOND AREA IN 2017
New paving progress map available for viewing
COLONIAL HEIGHTS – With snow season in the rearview mirror, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)’s Richmond District is gearing up for prime paving season, which will include resurfacing approximately 1,100 lane miles of roadways for smoother, safer travel. Paving season typically extends from April to November each year. New for 2017, a resurfacing map is now available for Richmond area travelers and residents to check on planned projects’ progress. The paving projects total approximately $82 million.
“The new map will be updated weekly to detail exactly where paving projects are planned, ongoing and show how they’re progressing,” said Steven McNeely, district maintenance engineer. “These new details will give residents and travelers a tool to use to best plan for travel near these work zones.” While most work will take place outside of rush hour timeframes, travelers are encouraged to check www.511virginia.org for the latest information.
Richmond area interstates will receive approximately $31 million in pavement resurfacing. This includes 101 lane miles of asphalt and concrete pavement repairs. New projects will include:
Interstate 95 northbound
- Between mile marker 36 and I-295 (mile marker 46) in Prince George County
Interstate 295 northbound
- Between I-95 (mile marker 1) and mile marker 13 in Prince George County, the City of Hopewell and Chesterfield County
- Between Route 10 (mile marker 15) in Chester and mile marker 21 in Henrico
Interstate 85 northbound
- Between mile markers 3 and 7 in Mecklenburg County
- Between US 58 (mile marker 12) and US 1 (mile marker 15) in Mecklenburg County
- Between mile markers 18 and 20 in Mecklenburg County
- Between mile marker 20 and Route 644 (mile marker 24) in Brunswick County
- Between mile markers 44 and 46 in Dinwiddie County
- Between mile markers 55 and 62 in Dinwiddie County
Interstate 85 southbound
- Between Route 903 (mile marker 4) and the North Carolina state line (mile marker 1) in Mecklenburg County
- Between mile markers 10 and 7 in Mecklenburg County
- Between mile markers 23 and 20 in Brunswick County
Interstate 64 eastbound
Between mile markers 166 and 169 in Goochland County
Interstate 64 westbound
- Between mile markers 156 and 158 in Goochland County
- Between mile markers 153 and 154 in Goochland County
- Near mile marker 168 at the rest area off and on ramps in Goochland County
- Near mile marker 152 at the off and on ramps at Route 629 in Goochland County
Primary routes will receive 238 lane miles of asphalt paving, repair and latex modified treatment totaling $27.5 million. These routes are numbered 1 to 599 and include major roads and highways. Secondary routes will receive more than 855 lane miles of resurfacing totaling more than $23.5 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 – Heated liquid asphalt 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.
- 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 one to 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. Drivers 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.
- Latex modified – This material is similar to slurry seal, although it is more durable and typically used on higher volume routes.
- Plant mix (asphalt/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.
Details about new paving progress map
Beginning this year, residents and drivers can get specific information about the status of paving projects at http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/paving-schedule.asp.
The online map shows the current progress of the paving program, including:
- Richmond District road segments scheduled to be paved this year
- Whether roads scheduled for paving (red) are in progress (green), completed (blue), or rescheduled (black)
- Details on the specific type of pavement treatment, expected completion date, contractor, and construction manager’s contact information (by clicking on a road segment).
The map will be updated weekly as roads are completed.
The Virginia Department of Transportation maintains about 18,700 lane miles in fourteen area counties.
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