Transportation Board awards contract for Skiffes Creek Connector Project

The Commonwealth Transportation Board on Jan. 15 awarded a contract for $24.5 million to Shirley Contracting Company, LLC of Lorton to design and build the Skiffes Creek Connector Project in James City County.

Under the contract, Shirley Contracting Company will design and construct a two-lane roadway connecting Route 60 (Pocahontas Trail) and Route 143 (Merrimac Trail) in the area between Route 199 and Route 238 in James City County, VDOT officials said on a news release.

When completed, the project is expected to provide immediate congestion relief, improve safety and emergency evacuation, and streamline the movement of goods along the two primary roadways of Route 60 and Route 143.

The project will also redirect industrial traffic away from James River Elementary School, reduce traffic in the Lee Hall community in Newport News and provide long-range, additional access to Fort Eustis and improved access to Virginia’s ports.

The Skiffes Creek Connector is a design-build project, in which the project team will build the project while design is still under way. This greatly reduces the overall time necessary to complete the project, VDOT officials said.

Planning and design work will begin in the coming months, with construction activity currently estimated to being fall 2020.

For more information on the design-build project and progress updates, click here, or sign up for email alerts related to the project here.

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