VDOT To Open Portion of Route 199 Project to Four Lanes
Date: Nov. 22, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Angela Lawler: (757) 925-2584 - Cell: (757) 805-8746
Tiffany Elliott: (757) 925-1660
Segment I from Route 60 to Colonial Parkway Overpass to Open Nearly 5 Months Ahead of Schedule
WILLIAMSBURG - Peninsula drivers will have one more thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving when VDOT and the Jamestown 2007 Corridor Constructors open another segment of the Route 199 project ahead of schedule. Segment I, widening Route 199 from two to four lanes between Route 60 and the Colonial Parkway overpass, will open to traffic nearly five months ahead of schedule on Tuesday, November 23 at 3 p.m.
"We are very pleased to be opening this segment of the project five months ahead of schedule and in time for holiday travel," said Hampton Roads District Administrator Dennis W. Heuer, P.E. "If the Jamestown 2007 Corridor Constructors continue to set such a great example of a successful PPTA partnership, we will have good reason to consider more PPTA projects in the future."
Segment I was originally scheduled to open to traffic in April 2005. It is the second segment of the Route 199 project to be completed ahead of schedule, with Segment IV, which relocated Route 359 near Jamestown, opening on July 2 of this year, 52 days ahead of schedule.
Jamestown 2007 Corridor Constructors Project Manager, Gary Massie commented on the progress, "We recognize that the congestion on this section of Route 199 has been an issue for citizens, and each of our team members are committed to working toward early completion. We want to thank the employees and their families for their dedication and for working the overtime and weekends needed to finish this job early!"
Route 199 is VDOT's first Public Private Transportation Act (PPTA) project in Hampton Roads. Construction on the project began in February of 2003. The project is broken into four segments that will improve traffic flow through the Route 199 corridor before the Jamestown 2007 Commemoration, benefiting local residents, businesses and visitors:
- Segment I Widens Route 199 from two to four lanes from Route 60 to the Colonial Parkway overpass.
- Segment II Widens Route 199 from two to four lanes from South Henry Street to Brookwood Drive.
- Segment III Improves turn lanes at the Jamestown Road/Route 199 intersection.
- Segment IV Relocates of Route 359 access to the Jamestown Settlement and Jamestown Island.
The overall Route 199 project is scheduled for completion by January 2006.
The Route 199 PPTA project was awarded as a fixed price contract to the Jamestown 2007 Corridor Constructors at $31,800,000 in 2003. Bryant Contracting, Inc., Curtis Contracting, Inc., and Jack L. Massie Contractor, Inc., are working on this project collectively as the Jamestown 2007 Corridor Constructors. The Public Private Transportation Act (PPTA) of 1995 allows private entities to enter into agreements with the public sector to construct, improve, maintain and operate transportation facilities.