Intersection complete under budget, months ahead of schedule

Published 6:16 pm Tuesday, March 29, 2022

A Virginia Department of Transportation project to improve the intersection of Brewer’s Neck and Carrollton boulevards has been completed under budget and several months ahead of schedule, the agency said in a news release.

According to VDOT, contractors completed the work on March 24. The project was originally projected to be complete by this fall.

The project added a single southbound left-turn lane from Carrollton Boulevard into a development known as The Crossings, and added a second northbound left-turn lane from Carrollton Boulevard onto Brewer’s Neck Boulevard.

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Project crews also added a new through lane on Brewer’s Neck Boulevard into The Crossings. That lane will remain closed until work being performed by The Crossings’ developer is complete. The developer will install the fourth and final traffic signal at the intersection.

The project also entailed traffic signalization improvements and improved drainage and intersection paving. VDOT contractor Henry Branscome LLC began construction on the state’s portion of the project in May.

Isle of Wight County had requested and was approved for $3.2 million in state funding for the project through Smart Scale, a VDOT formula for evaluating the cost versus benefit of proposed roadway improvements, with an additional $2 million coming from The Crossings’ developer. Last year, VDOT advised the county it was projecting a budget shortfall of $53,000 and asked the county to make up the difference, which it did.

According to VDOT spokeswoman Nina Ulrich, the project is currently in the financial closeout phase, where final project costs are calculated.

“Over the next few months, all project costs will be verified and VDOT will return any residuals up to the maximum allotted of $53,000 to Isle of Wight,” she said.