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Meadows of Dan: 12/21/2005

12-21-2005

New law paves way to success on U.S. 58
Decision could be made much faster because all of the professionals on the team could be together at the same time.

By Ray Reed – roanoke.com

MEADOWS OF DAN — The ribbon-cutting Tuesday on a new three-mile bypass on U.S. 58 is worth noting because: It occurred when they said it would.

Without delays, without cost overruns.

Those efficiencies can be credited to the Public Private Transportation Act, according to builder Branch Highways and the Virginia Department of Transportation. Branch and VDOT set the target date two years ago.

This is the first highway project in Western Virginia to be completed under the PPTA, a 1995 state law that opened the door to new highway contracting practices.

Motorists traveling above U.S. 58 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near the Mabry Mill landmark, probably didn’t care about the savings in time and money.

In fact, they may not have noticed the dedication ceremonies being held on the pavement a few hundred yards away. With strips of grassy shoulders separating the bridge’s pavement from its railings, parkway motorists may not be aware they’re passing above a four-lane highway.

Highway officials on Tuesday switched traffic back to the old two-lane 58 so festivities could take place on the new pavement.

Food, live bluegrass music, state Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer, and Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Phil Francis were the highlights.

Parkway officials were so concerned about this bridge that, once they agreed to its design, VDOT and Branch put this site first among the segments of U.S. 58 to be widened between Hillsville and Stuart.

Two years ago, on Dec. 16, 2003, a Roanoke Times article said, “Construction on the $20 million segment is expected to begin in early spring 2004 and is scheduled to open to traffic by the end of 2005.”

The four-lane bypass opened to traffic Nov. 7. Costs, as of Monday, stood at $19.97 million, said VDOT officials and Larry Dickenson of Branch Highways.

The project was finished perhaps six months sooner, and for $1 million less, than the way highway contracts usually are managed, Dickenson said.

Typically, a $20 million road project would have a dozen or more “change orders,” or amendments made to the contract when unforeseen construction problems occurred. Those changes normally add 4 percent or 5 percent to the cost of the job — and delay its completion six months, Dickenson said.

Robbie Williams, VDOT’s project manager on U.S. 58, said the cost was “less than if we had administered” all phases of the project’s management. Williams and other VDOT officials estimated the savings at “somewhere between break-even and $1 million.”

The PPTA allowed the U.S. 58 bypass to be different. It let Branch Highways and its consultants tweak the designer’s plans when problems arose, without the time-consuming approvals normally needed from multiple VDOT offices, Dickenson said.

“We had the latitude to negotiate any additional right of way if we wanted to change the alignment of road, which we did. That was a new experience, and it worked out pretty well,” Dickenson said.

Another difference is management of the project’s effect on wetlands, leaving Branch responsible for those effects for several years.

Also, the technique for building a bridge to carry the Blue Ridge Parkway over U.S. 58 was changed at Branch’s request, and without much delay, after the contract was signed, Williams said.

Dickenson said the work was done to VDOT standards with Williams’ oversight.

“We were able to make decisions much faster” because all the professionals on the team could be together at the same time, Dickenson said.

The changes were approved by Williams and inspectors from Branch consultant HNTB Corp., a Kansas City-based transportation engineering company.

Should problems surface later because of the changes, Branch Highways probably will be responsible for correcting them under the terms of the PPTA contract.

The PPTA often is mentioned in connection with proposals to widen Interstate 81.

U.S. 58 has been financed totally with tax dollars. The PPTA proposals for I-81 mostly involve using tolls to pay for building the road, with private corporations managing the money and taking the risks of construction and financing.

This bypass was the first step in replacing a 36-mile, two-lane segment of U.S. 58 from Hillsville to Stuart, making it a mostly four-lane highway from Interstate 77 to Virginia Beach.

The next construction segment is slated to be a Hillsville bypass, and Gov. Mark Warner included $45 million for that five-mile segment in the transportation budget he proposed last week.

“We will work actively to preserve that money in the budget,” Dickenson said. Probably the most challenging phase of rebuilding U.S. 58 will be on 3,300-foot Lovers Leap Mountain in Patrick County.

That will come after the Hillsville bypass is completed, Dickenson said.

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Meadows of Dan: 12/17/2003

12-17-2003

U.S. 58 widening project approved

By MATTHEW MONKS
Martinsville Bulletin

A Roanoke-based contractor on Monday agreed to begin reconstructing the Stuart-to-Hillsville stretch of the U.S. 58 corridor this spring, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

In the first public/private partnership of its kind in Southside, Branch Highways Inc. will develop, design and rebuild the 36-mile corridor from Hillsville to Stuart, according to John Lambert, spokesman for Branch.

The company should finish the first phase of the project – a $20 million reconstruction of a three-mile stretch west of Meadows of Dan and ending short of Virginia 795 – in late 2005, a VDOT press release states.

The three-mile stretch will be widened, and a new Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge will be constructed over U.S. 58.

Branch Vice President Larry Dickenson said the state will pay most of the $20 million from money previously allocated for the U.S. 58 project. The rest of the cost will be paid by Patrick County and some state revenue-sharing funds will be sought, he said.

Funding for the rest of the project to Hillsville will be negotiated, he added.

According to VDOT, U.S. 58 is Virginia’s longest road, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the southwestern tip of Virginia. The Virginia General Assembly initiated a program to widen and straighten it in 1989. Since then, construction has moved slowly from east to west across southern Virginia.

In 2002, Gov. Mark Warner’s administration discovered that a shortfall in funds left money to buy rights of way but not for construction. Branch offered to build the road and negotiations have continued since then, VDOT officials have said.

The Public Private Partnership Act allows private firms to work with the state to speed up construction projects. Also, big companies can leverage their resources to get larger jobs done, enabling VDOT to consider larger projects than it otherwise could afford, VDOT has stated.

Dickenson said under the partnership, Branch negotiated a package of services that includes construction, design, quality control, testing, buying remaining rights of way and utility relocations. Negotiations will determine how that will be financed from options such as the state selling bonds and paying Branch with proceeds from the bond sale, for example, he said.

Local state officials praised the construction plans, yet stressed that this is just a small step forward.

“I would be much happier if the plans were to do all 35 miles,” said Sen. Roscoe Reynolds, D-Ridgeway.

“A four-mile segment is not something to throw a huge party about, but at least we’re going forward rather than backward,” added Del. Ward Armstrong. “This jump starts (the project) and will help us get the road finished. Four miles at a time will take us a while, but at least this is something.”

VDOT will fund the initial three-mile phase. After that, construction will move along “as funding becomes available,” according to the VDOT release.

Future phases may be budgeted in the state’s six-year construction program and funded through “innovative financing,” according to Tamara Neale of VDOT.

“Funding is very tight right now for transportation programs,” Neale said. “There are other projects that are vying for funds as well – not just this one.”

Therefore, it is impossible to predict a timeline for future phases, she added.

Neale said Branch Highway had been contending for the U.S. 58 project since submitting an unsolicited proposal in May 2001. Out-sourcing the project benefits VDOT because it gives the state control of the project’s cost, she said.

Branch Highways is taking a risk by accepting the job, she explained, because it has agreed to a fixed-price contract. This means that the cost of the project will not be adjusted for inflation during the time it takes to complete the 36 miles.

Despite the risk, Dickenson said he was thrilled to win the contract.

“I feel great,” Dickenson said. “It’s really going to benefit the region and the public.”

Reynolds agreed. Sound infrastructure is key to economic development, he said, adding that upgrading the entire 36 mile stretch would make the entire region more attractive to prospects.

“If we were able to get it complete, economic conditions would be better in Southside Virginia,” he added.

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Meadows of Dan: 12/13/2005

12-13-2005

VDOTBHI

NEWS RELEASE

For more information, contact:
Martha Wilson
540-767-1108

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PUBLIC INVITED TO CELEBRATE OPENING OF U.S. ROUTE 58 SEGMENT
Secretary of Transportation to Speak at Ceremony


MEADOWS OF DAN, VA –December 13, 2005 – The public is invited to attend the ceremony marking the completion of a segment of U.S. Route 58 around Meadows of Dan at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, (Dec. 20). The ceremony will take place on the new road where it intersects with the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Pierce Homer, Secretary of Transportation, and Phil Francis, superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway, are among the speakers. The public is invited to enjoy refreshments from Mountain House Restaurant.

The three-mile segment widens Route 58 in the Meadows of Dan area, from the Route 600 intersection to east of Route 795. The project includes a new Blue Ridge Parkway bridge.

“We are delighted to have completed Phase I of this project to four-lane Route 58 connecting Stuart and Hillsville,” said Larry Dickenson, vice president of Branch Highways, the contractors for the $20 million, 2.7 mile project. “This is the first segment of a Public-Private Transportation Act project to be completed in a rural area of Virginia. The PPTA allows private entities to propose innovative solutions for designing, constructing, financing and operating transportation improvements. Through PPTA, we are able to offer the Commonwealth of Virginia a lower overall project cost, improved traveling safety, economic enhancement and completion of the project sooner than traditional financing.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Branch Highways will design, build and widen 37 miles of the Route 58 corridor between Hillsville and Stuart as funding sources are identified. . The corridor extends southwest from Hillsville and continues east through Carroll, Floyd, and Patrick Counties to approximately one mile west of Stuart. When complete, motorists will enjoy seamless transportation from Interstate 77 to Virginia Beach.

“This is very important for Patrick County,” said Danny Foley, chairman of the Patrick County Board of Supervisors. “This marks the start of an economic boom, not only for us, but for the surrounding counties.”

“We are very excited that the Meadows of Dan bypass is complete,” said Mike Burnette, assistant county administrator for Patrick County. “We look forward to the continued construction and the completion of the project, which will bring the full potential of economic development to our area.

“The four-laning of Route 58 is a major benefit to Patrick County and the entire region. Now we can offer better access to truck traffic for future businesses and better access for tourists.”

The segment includes one mile in Floyd County. It will be the first four-lane road in the County, according to George Nestor, County administrator.

“The successful completion of the Route 58 PPTA segment shows what can be achieved when VDOT and a contractor partner in a new way,” said Richard L. Caywood, Salem district administrator for the Virginia Department of Transportation. “The project was constructed on time, on budget, and with  quality. The contractor also implemented a number of innovative design  changes that enhanced the project and allowed it to be completed more  quickly.”

The U.S. Route 58 Corridor Development Program encompasses close to 680 miles and was established to enhance economic development potential across the largely rural southern portion of Virginia. U.S. Route 58 stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the southwest tip of Virginia. About 370 miles are four lanes or more now, compared to 240 miles when the program started in 1989.

Branch Highways, based in Roanoke, has more than 40 years’ experience in civil engineering and construction. It is part of the Branch Group, Inc., which includes Branch & Associates, general contractors, construction managers and design builders; G.J. Hopkins, designers and builders of control systems, electrical systems, HVAC, plumbing and emergency response; and E.V. Williams, site development and highway construction.

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Meadows of Dan: Quarterly Report—09/30/2005

Route 58 Corridor from Hillsville to Stuart

Quarterly Report

Period:

July 1, 2005 thru September 30, 2005

 Branch Highways Inc.

 Quarterly Report Summary

 This seventh quarterly report for the project includes activities within the time frame of July 1, 2005 through September 31, 2005.  The project team has been diligently working to ensure this phase of the project meets all requirements of the contract.

All design work, including the roadway and bridge plans, has been submitted, reviewed and approved for construction.  The plans have been modified to add the Intra-Farm Access Tunnel.  We are in the process of acquiring final signatures on the cover sheets of the plans.  Parcels of property acquired for grade changes are in the process of being transferred to VDOT.

Monthly CPM/Payment Schedule updates are being maintained and transmitted as per the contract.

Permit obligations such as construction monitoring are on going and reporting is being submitted to the appropriate agencies.  Pre-planting groundwater hydrology monitoring for the wetlands compensation area ended this quarter on August 3rd and information has been submitted to the appropriate agencies for their review and approval prior to planting.

No new members have been added to the project team for this period.

Construction activities continue on with a steady pace as the weather has been cooperating for the construction season.

Construction activities in Work Area #1 (West End of project to Station 762+50) and Work Area #2 (Station 762+50 to 780+00 – Blue Ridge Parkway) includes remaining minor grading operations, cement stabilization, base stone, curb & gutter and asphalt paving.

 All work on the Blue Ridge Parkway is complete except for the planting/landscaping which is scheduled to commence November 14th.

 Construction activities in Work Area #4 (Station 780+00 to East End of project) includes the completion of earthwork activities along with installation of the pavement structure to include cement stabilization, base stone and pavement installation.

 No construction activities in Work Area #5 (Wetlands Compensation Site) as we are awaiting approval of the groundwater hydrology monitoring data.  Planting is scheduled to commence on November 7th.

 Closure of all three of the disposal areas is in progress and should complete early next quarter.

 Work remaining on the project consists of the final surface course of asphalt, permanent traffic signs and permanent pavement markings.

 Traffic switch onto new Rt. 58 mainline is currently scheduled to occur the middle of November.  The project should finish ahead of the substantial completion date of December 15, 2005, weather permitting and with no unforeseen impacts.

 There were no material disputes or claims, actions or assertions against Contractor, the Project or Project Right of way, or Lien claims or stop notices filed or threatened to be filed by any Person for the period.

 The following attachment is a graph depicting the actual cumulative payment applications and the maximum cumulative payments allowed by contract.

 Also find attached are project progress photos for the period. 

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Work Area #1 and #2

Photograph taken from Cockram Disposal Area near Route 600 looking east. 

Work area ready for the final surface course of asphalt.

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Work Area #2

Photo taken from Stanley Disposal Area looking east towards Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge.

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Work Area #3 – Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge

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Work Area #4

Photograph taken from Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge looking east

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Work Area #4

Looking east towards the tie-in at the eastern terminus of the project.

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Meadows of Dan: Quarterly Report—06/30/2005

Route 58 Corridor from Hillsville to Stuart

Quarterly Report

Period

 April 1, 2005 thru June 30, 2005

Branch Highways Inc.

Quarterly Report Summary

This sixth quarterly report for the project includes activities within the time frame of April 1, 2005 through June 30, 2005.  The project team has been diligently working to ensure this phase of the project meets all requirements of the contract.

 All design work, including the roadway and bridge plans, has been submitted, reviewed and approved for construction.  The plans have been modified to add the Intra-Farm Access Tunnel.  We are in the process of acquiring final signatures on the cover sheets of the plans.  Parcels of property acquired for grade changes are in the process of being transferred to VDOT.

Monthly CPM/Payment Schedule updates are being maintained and transmitted as per the contract.   

Permit obligations such as construction monitoring are on going and reporting is being submitted to the appropriate agencies.  Pre-planting groundwater hydrology monitoring for the wetlands compensation area began this period on May 3rd and runs into the next quarter ending on August 3rd.

The project team has been increased by the addition of Kirk-Neal Inc., who will furnish and install the guardrail, Payne’s Parking Design, who will furnish and install the permanent signs, and Roadmark Corporation, who will apply the permanent pavement markings and the snow-plowable pavement markers. 

Construction activities on the project have resumed with a flourish this quarter as the weather has been cooperating for the construction season.  Project personnel that were temporarily laid-off for the winter months have been recalled and are working usual construction hours.  

Construction activities in Work Area #1 (West End of project to Station 762+50) and Work Area #2 (Station 762+50 to 780+00 – Blue Ridge Parkway) includes work activities on the pavement sections of the westbound lanes such as box and balance, fine grade, installation of curb and gutter, cement stabilization of the subgrade, placement of cement treated aggregate and base asphalt for the mainline and shoulders along with finish grading activities for the shoulders and medians.  Permanent seeding is being applied to the shoulders and medians as grading activities are completed.   We have completed the mass excavation of the remaining material in the westbound lanes just east of the double box culvert and are finishing the surface drainage items in this area.  Construction of northern portion of Route 600 is completed, including the base asphalt, and traffic has been switched onto this section of roadway.  New driveway tie-ins are being worked on in this area.   

 Traffic was switched to final alignment on the Blue Ridge Parkway on June 23rd.  Activities related to the removal of the detour commenced once traffic with switched.  Final sections of the guardwall are being constructed and will be completed under traffic.

Construction activities in Work Area #4 (Station 780+00 to East End of project) includes the mass excavation of the detour earthwork at the Parkway bridge, installation of surface drainage items at the east end of the project along with construction of stormwater management basin #6.  Box and balance activities along with fine grade operations have started in this area and will continue through the next quarter.  This area along with the section across the double box culvert in Area #1/#2 are the remaining areas requiring cement stabilization, base stone and pavement installation on the project.

Construction activities in Work Area #5 (Wetlands Compensation Site) consists of the groundwater hydrology monitoring as required by the permits.  This monitoring period commenced on May 3rd and runs through August 3rd.

The project should finish ahead of the substantial completion date of December 15, 2005, weather permitting and with no unforeseen impacts.

There were no material disputes or claims, actions or assertions against Contractor, the Project or Project Right of way, or Lien claims or stop notices filed or threatened to be filed by any Person for the period.

The following attachment is a graph depicting the actual cumulative payment applications and the maximum cumulative payments allowed by contract.

 Also find attached are project progress photos for the period.

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Work Area #1 – Route 600 North

Photograph taken from southeast of Rt. 58/Rt. 600 Intersection looking north

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Work Area #2 – Fine Grade Operations

Photograph taken from southeast of Rt. 58/Rt. 600 Intersection looking east along Rt. 58/Detour #11

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Work Area #3 – Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge

Photograph taken from mainline Rte 58, east side of bridge, looking west

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Work Area #4 – Remaining Mass Excavation

Photograph taken from on top of Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge looking east

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Work Area #5 – Wetlands Mitigation Area

Photograph taken from Rte 58 looking north

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Meadows of Dan: Quarterly Report—03/31/2005

Route 58 Corridor from Hillsville to Stuart

Quarterly Report

Period

 January 1, 2005 thru March 31, 2005

Branch Highways Inc.

Quarterly Report Summary

This fifth quarterly report for the project includes activities within the time frame of January 1, 2005 through March 31, 2005.  The project team has been diligently working to ensure this phase of the project meets all requirements of the contract.

All design work, including the roadway and bridge plans, has been submitted, reviewed and approved for construction.  The plans have been modified to add the Intra-Farm Access Tunnel.  We are in the process of acquiring final signatures on the cover sheets of the plans.  Parcels of property acquired for grade changes are in the process of being transferred to VDOT.

Monthly CPM/Payment Schedule updates are being maintained and transmitted as per the contract.

 Permit obligations such as construction monitoring are on-going and reporting is being submitted to the appropriate agencies.  Stephen Walter, PTG, has filled the position of permitting agent that was vacated by Warren Gray.

 The project team has been increased by the addition of Espina Stone Company, furnish and install the masonry stone for the Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge, for this period.

 Most of the construction activities on the project have been temporarily halted due to the weather.  Project personnel are continuing to perform erosion control inspections and maintaining the erosion control devices as needed.

Construction activities in Work Area #1 (West End of project to Station 762+50) and Work Area #2 (Station 762+50 to 780+00 – Blue Ridge Parkway) includes work on the northern portion of the double box culvert.  Excavation of remaining material from the westbound lanes in Work Area #1 is in progress.

 Construction activities in Work Area #2 (Station 762+50 to 780+00 – Blue Ridge Parkway) consist of maintaining the erosion control devices.

 Construction activities in Work Area #3 (Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge) includes placement of the concrete for the parapets and backfilling of the abutments continues during this period.  Placement of the stone masonry for the bridge commenced during this quarter.

 Construction activities in Work Area #4 (Station 780+00 to East End of project) includes work on the intra-farm access tunnel.

 Construction activities in Work Area #5 (Wetlands Compensation Site) includes completion of the final grading and drainage outfall areas.  We have submitted the as-built grades to the Corps of Engineers for their review and approval.

 The project is currently on schedule to meet the substantial completion date of December 15, 2005.

 There were no material disputes or claims, actions or assertions against Contractor, the Project or Project Right of way, or Lien claims or stop notices filed or threatened to be filed by any Person for the period.

 The following attachment is a graph depicting the actual cumulative payment applications and the maximum cumulative payments allowed by contract.

 Also find attached are project progress photos for the period.

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Work Area #1
Photograph taken from intersection of Route 600 South looking east

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Work Area #1 & #2 – approximate Station 761+00
Photograph taken from Detour #11 looking at the northern end of the Double Box Culvert

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Work Area #3 – Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge
Photograph taken from the Parkway detour looking west at the Parkway Bridge

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 Work Area #4 – Intra-Farm Access Tunnel
Photograph taken from the north side of the tunnel looking south

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Meadows of Dan: Quarterly Report—12/31/2004

Route 58 Corridor from Hillsville to Stuart

Quarterly Report

Period

October 1, 2004 thru December 31, 2004

Branch Highways Inc.

Quarterly Report Summary

This fourth quarterly report for the project includes activities within the time frame of October 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004.  The project team has been diligently working to ensure this phase of the project meets all requirements of the contract.

All design work, including the roadway and bridge plans, has been submitted, reviewed and approved for construction.  The plans have been modified to add the Intra-Farm Access Tunnel.  We are in the process of acquiring final signatures on the cover sheets of the plans.  Parcels of property acquired for grade changes are in the process of being transferred to VDOT.

Monthly CPM/Payment Schedule updates are being maintained and transmitted as per the contract.

Permit obligations such as construction monitoring are on-going and reporting is being submitted to the appropriate agencies.  Warren Gray, permitting agent, has resigned his position with PTG and will be replaced be another PTG employee

The project team has not been increased by the addition of any new members for this period.

Construction activities in Work Area #1 (West End of project to Station 762+50) and Work Area #2 (Station 762+50 to 780+00 –Blue Ridge Parkway) include traffic switch from existing Rte 58 to Detour 10, 11 and 13.  Excavation of remaining material from the westbound lanes in Work Area #1 is in progress.

Construction activities in Work Area #2 (Station 762+50 to 780+00 – Blue Ridge Parkway) include pavement activities in the east bound lanes.  These items of work, subgrade stabilization, base stone, base asphalt pavement and shoulder base stone and base asphalt, were not scheduled to occur until 2005.  Construction of the northern portion of the double box culvert has begun this quarter.

Construction activities in Work Area #3 (Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge) includes placement of the concrete for the bridge deck and parapets.  Backfill of the abutments continues during this period.

Construction activities in Work Area #4 (Station 780+00 to East End of project) includes start of construction of the intra-farm access tunnel.

Construction activities in Work Area #5 (Wetlands Compensation Site) include  completion of the topsoil placement and final grading of the different wetland areas.  Finished grading of the slopes and drainage outfall areas are remaining items of work for this work area except for the plantings and seeding.

The project is currently on schedule to meet the substantial completion date of December 15, 2005.

There were no material disputes or claims, actions or assertions against Contractor, the Project or Project Right of way, or Lien claims or stop notices file or threatened to be filed by any Person for the period.

The following attachment is a graph depicting the actual cumulative payment applications and the maximum cumulative payments allowed by contract.

 Also find attached are project progress photos for the period.

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Work Area #1 – Detour #11

Photograph taken from east end of Detour #11 looking west

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Work Area #5 – Wetlands Mitigation Area

Finished Grading of Wetlands including Stream Ponding and Outfall Areas

Photograph taken from Rte 58 looking north

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Work Area #3 – Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge

Photograph taken from mainline Rte 58, west side of bridge, looking east

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Work Area #2

Photograph taken in middle of Work Area #2 looking east

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Meadows of Dan: Quarterly Report—09/30/2004

 Route 58 Corridor from Hillsville to Stuart

Quarterly Report

Period

 July 1, 2004 thru September 30, 2004

Quarterly Report Summary

 This third quarterly report for the project includes activities within the time frame of July 1, 2004 through September 30, 2004.  The project team has been diligently working to ensure this phase of the project meets all requirements of the contract.

All design work, including the roadway and bridge plans, has been submitted, reviewed and approved for construction.  The plans are being modified to add the Intra-Farm Access Tunnel.  Parcels of property acquired for grade changes are in the process of being transferred to VDOT.

Monthly CPM/Payment Schedule updates are being maintained and transmitted as per the contract.

Permit obligations such as construction monitoring are on-going and reporting is being submitted to the appropriate agencies.

The project team has increased by adding the following members: Makco, Inc. to furnish and install the temporary guardrail for Detour #11; Payne’s Parking Design, Inc. to furnish and install the permanent signs; Roadmark Corporation to furnish and install the permanent pavement markings; Strickland Construction to perform the mass excavation for the wetlands mitigation area and a portion of the mass excavation for the west bound lane in work area #1.

Construction activities in Work Area #1 (West End of project to Station 762+50) and Area #2 (Station 762+50 to 780+00 –Blue Ridge Parkway) include fill operations for Detour #11 along with tie-ins to Rte. 58 (Detours #10, 13, 14 and 20).  Fine grade activities in preparation for asphalt pavement are also occurring in order to meet traffic switch this fall.

Construction activities in Work Area #2 (Station 762+50 to 780+00 – Blue Ridge Parkway) include completion of mass excavation except for material needed to backfill northern portion of double box culvert.  Construction includes completion of surface drainage and start of fine grade activities for pavement of the EBL in this area.

Construction activities in Work Area #3 (Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge) include completion of footing concrete, pier and abutment stems, and three (3) abutment wingwalls.  Backfilling of abutments has started including placement of drainage system.

Construction activities in Work Area #4 (Station 780+00 to East End of project) include completion of mass excavation with exception of Parkway detour material.  Construction of single box culvert is ongoing along with construction for storm water management basin #4.  Installation of surface drainage has started in this area. 

Construction activities in Work Area #5 (Wetlands Compensation Site) include completion of mass grading activities and ongoing finished grading activities.

The project is currently on schedule to meet the substantial completion date of December 15, 2005. 

There were no material disputes or claims, actions or assertions against Contractor, the Project or Project Right of way, or Lien claims or stop notices file or threatened to be filed by any Person for the period.

The following attachment is a graph depicting the actual cumulative payment applications and the maximum cumulative payments allowed by contract.

Also find attached are project progress photos.

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West End – looking east towards Rte 600 and Work Area #2  September 23, 2004  

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Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge – north end looking south

September 23, 2004

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Work Area #4 East End – Rte 58 & Rte 795 looking west.

September 23, 2004

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Meadows of Dan: Quarterly Report—06/30/2004

Route 58 Corridor from Hillsville to Stuart

Quarterly Report

Period

 April 1, 2003 thru June 30, 2004  

Quarterly Report Summary

 This second quarterly report for the project includes activities within the time frame of April 1, 2004 through June 30, 2004.  The project team has been diligently working to ensure this phase of the project meets all requirements of the contract.

All design work, including the roadway and bridge plans, has been submitted, reviewed and approved for construction.

Monthly CPM/Payment Schedule updates are being maintained and transmitted as per the contract.

The minor permit modification, mentioned in the previous quarterly report, has been approved by both the Virginia DEQ and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Permit obligations such as construction monitoring are on-going and reporting is being submitted to the appropriate agencies.  The project VPDES General Permit expired on June 30, 2004.  Application was made for a new permit and we are in receipt of a new VPDES General Permit for the project.  The effective date of this permit is July 1, 2004 and expires on June 30, 2009.

The project team has increased by adding the following members:  A.H. Harris to supply reinforced geogrid material for the steepened slopes, Adams Construction Company to furnish and install the asphalt pavement, C&P Welding & Steel Erection, Inc. to supply support beams for the shoring for the bridge, E.C. Pace Company to install storm drainage pipe and structures, Iron Ridge Rebar Contractors to install reinforcing steel for the bridge, Painting Solutions to furnish and install the color coating of the concrete for the bridge, Patent Construction Systems to supply the shoring system for the bridge, Resco Steel to supply the reinforcing steel for the bridge, Shelly Foundations, Inc. to install drilled shafts for the bridge, Site-Prep, Inc. of N.C. to perform the soil cement stabilization and Stuart Concrete to supply the transit mix concrete.

Construction activities in Work Area #1 (West End of project to Station 762+50) and Area #2 (Station 762+50 to 780+00 –Blue Ridge Parkway) include completion of mass excavation for mainline west of Rte 600 and new Rte 600 alignment, installation of surface drainage along with fine grading activities for these same areas in preparation of paving activities.  Storm water management basins #1 and #2 have been completed along with the southern portion of the double box culvert.

Construction activities in Work Area #2 (Station 762+50 to 780+00 – Blue Ridge Parkway) include completion of deep drainage pipe and structures and continued mass excavation to either fills or waste area. 

 Construction activities in Work Area #3 (Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge) include completion of detour and traffic switch for Parkway traffic, structure excavation, completion of drilled shafts and start of concrete forming and placement activities for the bridge.

Construction  activities in Work Area #4 (Station 780+00 to East End of project) include completion of deep drainage pipes and structure, completion of storm water management basin #5, continued mass excavation to either fills or waste areas, and start of construction for the single box culvert.

Construction activities in Work Area #5 (Wetlands Compensation Site) include installation of the preliminary erosion control items.

The project is currently on schedule to meet the substantial completion date of December 15, 2005.

Two separate incidents involving damage to power lines to residences occurred during this period.  Neither incident resulted in any substantial damage to property, other than fixing the lines.  Power was restored to the homeowners, in both instances, within several hours.  We have addressed the safety hazards to the work from overhead lines during our project safety meetings and have also installed warning signs at all overhead power line locations within the project limits to further identify and warn of this safety hazard.

There were no material disputes or claims, actions or assertions against Contractor, the Project or Project Right of way, or Lien claims or stop notices file or threatened to be filed by any Person for the period.

The following attachment is a graph depicting the actual cumulative payment applications and the maximum cumulative payments allowed by contract.

Also find attached are project progress photos.

6302004-1

Quarterly Report

Period from April 1, 2004 thru June 30, 2004

Location: West end of Project 0058-070- E02, B601

Date: 7/28/04

Facing Direction: East

6302004-2

Quarterly Report

Period from April 1, 2004 thru June 30, 2004

Location: Double Box Culvert D607     (0058-070- E02, B601)

Date: 7/28/04

Facing Direction: North

6302004-3

Quarterly Report

Period from April 1, 2004 thru June 30, 2004

Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge,  Structure B601 (0058-070- E02, B601)

Date: 7/28/04

Facing Direction: West

6302004-4

Quarterly Report

Period from April 1, 2004 thru June 30, 2004

Location: East end of Project @ Single Box Culvert     (0058-070- E02, B601)

Date: 7/28/04

Facing Direction: East

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