Virginia transportation board awards $48.5 million for bridge projects

A rendering of the Route 7 project in Fairfax County.A rendering of the Route 7 project in Fairfax County.

The Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) has approved $48.5 million for two bridge rehabilitation and widening projects in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Northern Virginia and Richmond districts.

The larger of the two projects is estimated at $39.9 million and covers two bridges and a section of Route 7 traveling over the Dulles Toll Road in Fairfax County. G.A. & F.C. Wagman Inc. of North Dinwiddie, Virginia, will replace, widen and raise to 16.5-foot clearance the existing superstructure. The bridges were built in 1960. Route 7 will be widened to six lanes. The estimated completion date is May 2018.

More details on the project are available here.

The second project, for $8.6 million, will be a bridge replacement over rail tracks on U.S. 460 in Nottoway County. Curtis Contracting Inc. of West Point, Virginia, will replace the 86-year-old bridge with a new structure made up of to 12-foot lanes with 10-foot shoulders. The shoulders are planned to allow for cyclists and pedestrians.

More details on the project, which is set for completion in June 17, are available here.

The CTB and VDOT recently announced its Six-Year Improvement Program providing $9.9 billion for highway projects.