Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Final Section of Atlantic Boulevard Opens to Traffic Tomorrow Morning

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has completed the final section of Atlantic Boulevard, giving motorists a continuous 4.5-mile route from Sterling Road to Route 7 and an alternative to heavily traveled Route 28.

The new section of roadway, from Magnolia Road to Church Road, will open to traffic in time for Wednesday morning’s rush.

“This short segment provides an important connection to help reduce Route 28 traffic,” said Susan Shaw, VDOT’s Route 28 program manager. “Atlantic Boulevard significantly improves options for local motorists.”

The new roadway has four lanes, a raised median, and an asphalt multi-purpose trail on the east and a concrete sidewalk on the west. It also features a single-span bridge over the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail with connections to the trail.

The total cost, including preliminary engineering, right of way acquisition, utilities and construction is $24 million.

Although the extension was constructed under the Route 28 PPTA design-build contract, it is state-funded and will be maintained by VDOT when complete. The contractor is Route 28 Corridor Improvements, LLC.

Photo courtesy of VDOT.

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