Contracts awarded for Va. road projects

The Commonwealth Transportation Board recently awarded $132 million in construction and maintenance contracts for Northern Virginia roadways during its monthly meeting in Richmond on Thursday, said a recent press release.

Some of the projects will benefit Prince William County, the release said.

The board awarded a $3.02 million contract to Brother’s Signal Company, of Leesburg, to refurbish and repair traffic signals in Prince William and Loudoun counties, said Joan Morris, transportation board spokeswoman, in the release.

The A&W Contracting Corporation, of Lorton, won a $1.99 million contract to build a sound-abatement wall between the Prince William Parkway and the Great Oaks subdivision. The board expects the project to be completed in the fall.

Slurry Pavers Inc., of Glen Allen, received a contract for $568,686 to provide asphalt for roadway maintenance projects throughout Northern Virginia, Morris said in the release.

The largest single contract, $54.6 million, went to Corman Construction Inc., of Annapolis Junction, Md., for continuing construction on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, a joint project between Virginia and Maryland, the release said.

Corman Construction will begin work in February to connect existing Beltway traffic to the new outer-loop bridge. The board expects the job to be completed in November 2007, Neale said.

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge project is a 7.5 mile corridor which connects Maryland and Virginia by a bridge over the Potomac River. The estimated cost for the project, in its entirety, is $2.4 billion, said Tamara Neale, Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman, in the press release.

The latest contract was the ninth to be issued by the transportation board for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project. Seven of the previous contracts have come in under budget, Neale said.

According to the press release, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a $41 million contract to Barnhill Contracting of Tarboro, N.C., to widen 18 miles of U.S. 17 where it enters Virginia from N.C. and runs along the eastern edge of the Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge and the Dismal Swamp Canal. The project, scheduled to be completed in July, 2005 will widen the road from two to four lanes, the release said.

The remainder of the contracts were awarded to complete projects in other areas throughout Virginia.

The Commonwealth Transportation Board oversees the work of the Virginia Department of Transportation. The board has 17 members who are appointed by the governor and approved by the General Assembly.

The director of the Department of Rail and Public Transportation serves as a non-voting member of the board.

Board meetings, which are held monthly in Richmond at 1221 E. Broad St., are open to the public.

For information on the next scheduled meeting, call (804) 786-2801 or (804) 786-8032.

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