Meadows of Dan: 12/15/2003

12-15-2003

VDOT REACHES COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT FOR ROUTE 58 IMPROVEMENTS BETWEEN HILLSVLLE AND STUART
Construction on first three miles scheduled to begin next spring

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) signed a public-private partnership agreement today with Branch Highways Inc. of Roanoke to develop, design and build the Route 58 corridor from Hillsville to Stuart. Construction on the first phase to widen a three-mile segment of the 36-mile corridor is scheduled to begin in early spring of next year.

“I am pleased to sign an agreement that shows a strong partnership between VDOT and Branch Highways to begin improvements on this critical section of the Route 58 corridor,” said VDOT Commissioner Philip Shucet.

“This agreement demonstrates VDOT’s continued commitment to widening Route 58 between Hillsville and Stuart, but additional revenue sources must be identified for future construction phases,” said Transportation Secretary Whitt Clement.

Under the terms of the agreement, Branch Highways Inc. will design, build and widen 36 miles of the Route 58 corridor between Hillsville and Stuart as funding becomes available. The corridor begins southwest of Hillsville and continues east through Carroll, Floyd, and Patrick counties to approximately one mile west of Stuart.

The first phase – a three-mile section – will be widened in the Meadows of Dan area of Patrick County from the Route 600 intersection to east of Route 795. The project includes a new Blue Ridge Parkway bridge over Route 58. Construction on the $20 million project is expected to begin in early spring 2004 and is scheduled to open to traffic by end of 2005. Remaining incidental work will be completed by spring of 2006.

“I am very pleased to see that VDOT and the private sector are moving forward to widen this important transportation link that will open the area to much needed industry and commerce,” said Del. Ward Armstrong.

The Route 58 Corridor Development Program is a construction project that encompasses close to 680 miles and finances planning, environmental and engineering studies, right of way, and construction. Today, about 370 miles are four lanes or more, compared to 240 miles when the program started in 1989. Work began on the East Coast and is moving westward.
In 1995, the General Assembly passed the Public-Private Transportation Act allowing private entities to propose innovative solutions for designing, constructing, financing and operating transportation improvements.

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