Commonwealth Transportation Board releases draft “SMART SCALE” scores, approves Halifax Co. contract

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — A road project is coming to Halifax County. Funding was made available through the SMART SCALE Project, which designates money for needed transportation improvements.

More than 400 applications were submitted by localities, metropolitan planning organizations, and other regional entities across the state, and 397 have been scored based on several key factors: safety, congestion reduction, accessibility to jobs and businesses, economic development, environmental impacts, and land use.

“SMART SCALE is an objective, data-driven program to select which transportation projects will be developed across the Commonwealth. The release of the scores today is the first step in a collaborative process to maximize our resources and advance our multimodal system.”

Shannon Valentine, Secretary of Transportation

In January’s meeting, the CTB approved two construction contracts totaling $20.7 million:  

  • A $14.1 million contact was awarded to Haymes Brothers Inc. of Chatham, to widen LP Bailey Memorial Highway (U.S. 501) to include a third lane from just north of Murphy Grove Road (Route 610) to the intersection of Cedar Grove Road (state Route 643) in Halifax County, within the Lynchburg District. During construction, a minimum of a single lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained. Completion is expected in spring 2023.   
  • A contract totaling $6.6 million was awarded to Allan Myers VA Inc., to add dual left turn lanes on Patterson Avenue (Route 6) and Parham Road where the roadways intersect in Henrico County, within the Richmond District. Additionally, safety improvements including sidewalks and crosswalks will be incorporated at the intersection. Completion is expected in fall 2022.

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