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Longhill Road widening project receives $10.2 million contract approval

Trees are being cut down so the utilities can be moved underground in preparation for the Longhill Road widening project, according to VDOT. (WYDaily/Tom Davis)
Trees were cut down so the utilities can be moved underground in preparation for the Longhill Road widening project, according to VDOT. (WYDaily/File photo)

The Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board has approved a $10.2 million contract with a contractor to help widen and improve Longhill Road in James City County.

The board approved the $10.2 million at its monthly meeting Wednesday, VDOT announced in a news release.

The contract will allow contractor Branscome Inc. of Williamsburg to expand the road from a two-lane road to a four-lane divided highway.

Work will span from “just east” of Williamsburg West Drive to a location west of the Olde Towne Road and Devon Road intersection, according to the release.

Outside lanes will also be extra wide to allow cyclist safety. The project includes a 10-foot multiuse path.

Project completion is expected in fall 2021, with the project taking about two years.

VDOT spokeswoman Brittany McBride Nichols said VDOT does not yet have additional details about the project’s construction schedule.

VDOT started working to relocate utilities in September 2018 for the project.

The Longhill Road contract is one of two VDOT contracts approved Wednesday. The other contract was $7.6 million to Kanawha Stone Co. Inc. to reconstruction a portion of a road in northwestern Campbell County, according to the news release.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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