RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The Virginia Department of Transportation crews are launching a major project -- paving some of the worst roads and highways - including the ones riddled with potholes.
Most of the work will happen overnight so it shouldn't impact traffic too much. Few people will disagree, potholes have been quite the headache for Richmond area drivers.
Chesterfield resident, Christle Potter spends 20 minutes every day commuting through route 288.
"The potholes are awful, you're ducking and weaving through traffic it's just bad on the cars it's bad on the commute in the mornings," said Potter of Chesterfield County.
Good news for drivers like her, VDOT is spending $8 million for concrete patchwork to more than 15 miles of route 288 in Chesterfield County.
"It's well worth the wait, I'll be glad when it's done," said Potter.
Ron Owens says the highways are like obstacle courses.
"The worst place I've been able to detect is I-64 West, leaving Richmond, it's terrible," said Owens of Chesterfield County.
But in a few months, driving should become easier. A scheduled $2.4 million is being spent to fix the worst part of I-64 west in New Kent County.
The list goes on -- sections of I-95, I-295, I-85 in Brunswick and Dinwiddie counties and the Powhite extension are all getting fixed. About $89 million will be spent on different paving projects. In the end Richmond area roads will receive more than one million tons of asphalt.
It'll be a permanent fix to the temporary patchwork.
"We put down fresh coat of asphalt, several inches in some places so we don't have to come back month after month and fill these potholes," said Dawn Eischen of VDOT.
All the work should be done by fall of 2012. In the meantime, if you see a pothole in your area you can report it to VDOT by calling 1-800-FOR-ROAD.
Press release from Virginia Department of Transportation
RICHMOND, VA - Spring brings warmer temperatures and marks the beginning of the paving season for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). The agency and its contractors plan to apply more than one million tons of asphalt to state-maintained roads in the Richmond area. Drivers can expect to see primarily nighttime paving, but may encounter some daytime paving during non peak hours throughout the season.
From January through March 2011, the Commonwealth Transportation Board and VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley awarded approximately $89 million in paving and pavement repair contracts for VDOT's Richmond District (listed below). Additional pavement improvement projects underway or pending, combined with the recent awards, are expected to total more than $100 million.
$2.4 million awarded to American Infrastructure-VA Inc. of Glen Allen to mill and pave two sections of I-64 west totaling three miles in New Kent County: I-64 between the Emmaus Church Road (Route 106) interchange and just west of the Courthouse Road (Route 155) interchange and one mile of I-64 just prior to the James City County line. Completion is expected in October 2011.
$8 million awarded to Interstate Improvement Inc. of Faribault, Minnesota for concrete patching to more than 22 miles of I-85 north and south between Old Stage Road (mile marker 39) in Brunswick County and the Route 1/Route 460 interchange (mile marker 61) in Dinwiddie County. Completion is expected in October 2012.
Route 76 (Powhite Parkway Extension)
$6 million awarded to Curtis Contracting Inc. of West Point for concrete patching to more than nine miles of Route 76 north and south between Charter Colony Parkway in Chesterfield County and the Richmond city limits. Completion is expected in August 2012.
$8.3 million awarded to Denton Concrete Services Company of Saint Clair Shores, Michigan for concrete patching, drainage improvements, guardrail upgrades and asphalt overlay to nearly two miles of Route 195 north and south between Meadow Street and Thompson Street in Richmond. This project also includes improvements to 12 ramps. Completion is expected in August 2012.
$8 million awarded to Curtis Contracting Inc. of West Point for concrete patching to more than 15 miles of Route 288 between the I-95 and Route 76 interchanges in Chesterfield County. Completion is expected in October 2012. This project is a continuation of a series of concrete repair contracts for Route 288 pavement improvements.
Other Pavement Improvement Projects
For more information about VDOT projects and programs, visit www.VirginiaDOT.org.