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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