Jen Ward 540-387-5238
July 28, 2016
CONTRACT AWARDED FOR ROUTE 220 BRIDGE REPLACEMENTS IN BOTETOURT COUNTY
SALEM – The Commonwealth Transportation Board at its July 28 meeting in Richmond awarded a contract worth approximately $5.6 million to Roanoke-based contractor Allegheny Construction Company for a project to replace two narrow bridges on Route 220 in northern Botetourt County with culverts and to reconstruct 0.8 mile of roadway. Construction on the project is expected to begin in fall 2016.
Both bridges cross tributaries of the James River and are located north of Route 43 and south of Gala. Replacing the two narrow bridges with wider culverts will provide a new eight-foot shoulder on Route 220 at these two locations.
The 0.8 mile of roadway reconstruction includes a 0.4-mile section of Route 220 between two new culverts and 0.2-mile sections approaching the culverts from both the north and south. The reconstruction will improve the road’s alignment, include installation of centerline and edge line rumble strips, widen the shoulders to eight feet and increase the useable pavement width by three feet.
The bridge replacement and road improvements are consistent with a more extensive project that the Virginia Department of Transportation continues to develop to reconstruct Route 220 in northern Botetourt County as an improved two-lane road to reduce the severity and number of crashes. Work on this project is expected to begin in late 2017.
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