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VDOT to open portion of Route 100 Project on Friday - Segment III Improvements to the Jamestown Road/Route 199 Intersection to open two months ahead of schedule

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May 19, 2005

CONTACT: Lauren Hansen: (757) 925-2583 Cell: (757) 508-8743
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WILLIAMSBURG - VDOT and the Jamestown 2007 Corridor Constructors will open another segment of the Route 199 project ahead of schedule this Friday, just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Segment III, adding turn lanes and improving travel through the Route 199 intersection with Jamestown Road (Route 31), will open to traffic 70 days ahead of schedule this Friday, May 20 by morning rush hour.


"This PPTA partnership with the Jamestown 2007 Corridor Constructors has surpassed our expectations, completing each section of the project ahead of schedule and on budget" said Hampton Roads District Administrator Dennis W. Heuer, P.E. "We are very pleased with the dedication each contractor has demonstrated in their work each day of this project."


Segment III was originally scheduled to open to traffic July 28, 2005. It is the third segment of the Route 199 project to be completed ahead of schedule. Segment IV, which relocated Route 359 near Jamestown, opened on July 2, 2004, 52 days ahead of schedule and Segment I, which widened the roadway to four lanes between Route 60 and the Colonial Parkway, opened on November 23, 2004, nearly five months ahead of schedule.


Andy Curtis, project manager from Curtis Contracting of the Jamestown 2007 Corridor Constructors commented on the progress."Completion of intersection improvements at Route 31 will relieve traffic buildup onto Route 199 and help control traffic flow for the 2007 celebration," he stated.


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. [Opened November 23, 2004]


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.

[Opened May 20, 2005]


Segment IV - Relocates of Route 359 access to the Jamestown Settlement and Jamestown Island. [Opened July 2, 2004]

The overall Route 199 project is scheduled for completion by Jan. 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.



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