New VDOT funding to bring improvements
'Significant' improvements for I-264 and I-64 in Hampton Roads
5/16/2013, 11:14 a.m.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has advertised a $120 million project to rehabilitate 163 lane miles of I-264 and I-64 in the Hampton Roads region. Contracts are scheduled to be awarded by the end of the year, with construction beginning early next year. In the meantime, VDOT notes it continues to address deteriorating sections of pavement.
The project, called 'critical' by Gov. Bob McDonnell is made possible by the bipartisan funding package he recently signed into law.
“As a result of the bipartisan effort in the General Assembly to increase transportation funding, VDOT has the resources to fully rehabilitate I-264 and I-64 in the southside region of Hampton Roads," said the governor. "There will be more construction activity to follow as the new law provides $1.3 billion in additional funding for transportation improvements throughout the Hampton Roads region.”
“Motorists will begin to see more activity on the roadway as a result of the new funding,” said Transportation Secretary Sean T. Connaughton. “Pavement and bridge restoration is under way statewide and will increase significantly with the new revenue sources.”
VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley added, “VDOT is working aggressively to get projects advertised so improvements can begin as soon as possible. Rehabilitating I-64 and I-264 in the southside is among the top immediate priorities to extend the life of the state’s aging highway system and to provide a safer and better driving surface for motorists.”
During the past three months, VDOT and its contractor crews have made great strides in repairing the aging concrete sections of I-64 and I-264. Currently, VDOT has five active concrete pavement rehabilitation contracts working on those sections. VDOT is also working to expedite contracts to overlay these repaired sections of interstate with a thin layer of asphalt. This thin layer of asphalt is a critical piece of the ultimate overlay of the interstate and will be implemented on several sections of the interstate as early as this fall.
VDOT issued a formal Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to the engineering and construction industry on three new design-build contracts that will overlay the newly rehabilitated concrete with a smooth driving surface, making the road look like new.
Once RFQ packages are received, VDOT will evaluate the submittals and issue a more detailed Request for Proposals (RFP) to a limited number of design-build teams. The three contracts will encompass parts of I-64 and I-264 and each will execute major rehabilitative pavement activities on specific areas of the respective interstates.
These contracts will address the following sections of interstate:
· I-264 from Claiborne Avenue to Broad Creek Bridge
· I-264 from Twin Bridges to Parks Avenue
· I-64 from Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel to Little Creek Road
· I-64 from Little Creek Road to the Twin Bridges