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Sept. 17, 2015

Innovative Norfolk intersection will reduce congestion on Military Highway

The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) awarded three contracts this week worth approximately $112 million for major infrastructure improvements.

The projects – in the Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia and Culpeper districts of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) – will improve mobility, enhance safety and extend the life of the state’s transportation network.

The contracts are for projects that will:

  1. Install a “continuous-flow intersection” at U.S. 13, Route 165 and Route 166 (Military Highway, Northampton Boulevard and Princess Anne Road) in Norfolk

The CTB awarded a design-build contract worth approximately $59.8 million to Corman-E.V. Williams, a joint venture in Virginia Beach, Va., to improve the intersection of Military Highway, Northampton Boulevard and Princess Anne Road in Norfolk to improve traffic flow.

The continuous-flow intersection will direct vehicles turning left from Military Highway either to Princess Anne Road or Northampton Boulevard away from the main intersection.

The new configuration for the intersection will increase safety and reduce congestion by allowing motorists to avoid the conflict that arises when their left-turning vehicles face opposing traffic directly at the main intersection.

CFI image from brochure

Illustration shows how signals control left-turning traffic as it moves through a continuous-flow intersection.


With the continuous-flow intersection, vehicles turning left will cross over the lanes with the through traffic heading toward them at signals several hundred feet before the main intersection.

The left-turning vehicles then can proceed through the intersection at the same time as the opposing through traffic without the direct conflict at the main intersection.

Along Military Highway, the widening and improvement project will extend about 1.58 miles, from 0.23 miles north of Interstate 64 to Lowery Road to the south. Along Princess Anne Road, the project will extend 0.24 miles west of Military Highway, while on Northampton Boulevard, it will run 0.2 miles east of Military Highway.

More project information is available at

The project is scheduled for completion in May 2018.

  1. Reconstruct and widen a section of Route 659 (Belmont Ridge Road) in Loudoun County

The CTB awarded a design-build contract worth nearly $45.5 million to Shirley Contracting Company LLC of Lorton, Va., to improve Belmont Ridge Road between Route 2150 (Gloucester Parkway) and Route 642 (Hay Road).

The project will widen Belmont Ridge Road from two to four lanes and add a dividing median. It also will have curbs and gutters, a bridge over the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail, shared-used paths on both sides of Belmont Ridge Road, direct connections from the shared-use paths to the W&OD Trail and a parking lot for trail users.

More information about the project is at

The project is scheduled for completion in May 2018.

  1. Improve part of Route 229 in Culpeper

The CTB awarded a contract worth nearly $6.7 million to Fielder’s Choice Enterprises Inc. of Charlottesville, Va., to widen a 0.8-mile section of Route 229 to four lanes in the town of Culpeper.

The improvements will add right- and left-turn lanes where warranted, replace the signal at Grandview Avenue and construct a shared-use path on the east side of the road and a sidewalk on the west side.

The project will connect to the Route 229 improvements in Culpeper County completed in 2010 and a roundabout that opened to traffic in July.

The project is scheduled for completion in August 2017.

The following chart tracks the dollar amount of major contracts the CTB has awarded in calendar year 2015 (the CTB did not meet in August):


2015 CTB Major Contract Awards

In advance of each CTB meeting, VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick also approves contracts worth up to $5 million in value.

Appointed by the governor, the 17-member CTB establishes the administrative policies for Virginia's transportation system. The CTB allocates highway funding to specific projects, locates routes and provides funding for airports, seaports and public transportation. The board normally meets on the third Wednesday of the month in months when action meetings are scheduled,

For more information:

  • Final bid results and projects:

  • CTB meeting, times and locations:

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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