Three road projects could start this summer

Road congestionMotorists in southeastern Chesterfield County may soon have to contend with a trio of construction zones on Route 10 and Chalkley Road.

At its Feb. 24 meeting, the Board of Supervisors authorized the awarding of construction contracts for the following three projects: Chalkley Road curve realignment north of Ecoff Avenue; Rt.10 widening from Frith Lane to Greenyard Road; and Rt. 10 widening from Interstate 95 to Ware Bottom Springs Road.

Work on the Chalkley Road project, which will realign the curve, provide adequate shoulders and improve safety on the stretch of the road north of Ecoff Avenue, began in 2008. According to a staff report on the project, its estimated cost is $1,227,600. Construction is expected to begin this summer, depending on utility relocations, with completion expected within 60 days, the report says.

The widening of Rt. 10 from Frith Lane to Greenyard Road was one of the $40 million in highway improvements included in the 2004 bond referendum, according to a staff report on the project. Construction of the roughly $5.9-million project is expected to begin late this summer or early spring 2011, depending on utility relocations.

As part of the project: Dual left turn lanes will be provided from Rt. 10 to Beach Road, and Rt. 10 will be widened to six lanes; the existing crossover on Rt. 10 to Wagners Way/Magnolia Grange will be closed; and left turns from Beach Road to Krause Road will be prohibited.

At the Feb. 24 meeting, Bermuda District Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle asked whether the project was “really something we need to move forward with now,” given the budget situation.

From the transportation department’s perspective, “we see the opportunity to get the best price we’re ever going to get,” Transportation Director R. J. McCracken said. Dale District Supervisor Jim Holland said he appreciated Jaeckle’s comments, but the project would relieve congestion and enhance safety in the area.

“What I believe we have today is a conservative estimate,” McCracken said, and he believes the construction cost will ultimately be less than the estimate.

The widening of Rt. 10 from Interstate 95 to Ware Bottom Spring Road was also among the highway projects included in the 2004 bond referendum, according to a staff report. The total project estimate is $30.8 million, and it will be funded with $15.4 million in anticipated reimbursements from VDOT – including $10 million in stimulus funds – and $15 million in county bonds, the report says.

Design of the project is complete, right-of-way has been secured and utility relocations are nearing completion, the report says. Construction is expected to begin in June 2010 and be completed by October 2012.

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