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Travelers along I-64 between Newport News and Williamsburg may be headed for several attractions in the coastal region of Virginia. This includes Colonial Williamsburg, the largest living history museum in the U.S., as well as two of the largest theme parks on the East Coast—Busch Gardens and Water…
February 03, 2021
In partnership with the Virginia DOT (VDOT), road system operator Transurban has undertaken the tremendous task of building an express lanes network in the Northern Virginia–Greater Washington area with several projects since the early half of the previous decade. In 2012 and 2014, the express…
January 06, 2021
Since 2017, Witchduck Road has been undergoing a full reconstruction
Since 2017, Witchduck Road has been undergoing a full reconstruction, year-round and with minimal detours, while under an accelerated timeline. The road’s reconstruction is being conducted in concert with nearby improvements at the I-64/I-264 interchange. Photos courtesy of Woolpert, except where noted.
In 1706, a woman thought to be a witch was “ducked” into the Lynnhaven River in what is now Virginia Beach. Local authorities tried her by tying her thumbs to her big toes and dropping her into the water: If she sank, she would be deemed innocent; if she floated, she was guilty. Grace Sherwood…
December 02, 2019
Ravens and crows are known for their intelligence. Experiments have shown these birds have cognition on par with 4-year-old children. And just like a toddler with a healthy mix of intelligence and boredom, it’s only a matter of time before something gets destroyed.  This fall, a group of crows (or…
December 02, 2019
NO. 4 BRIDGE: Lesner Bridge
The city had decided early on that they wanted a segmental bridge in order to have longer spans, more curves on the structure, and an aesthetic quality that would fit the bridge into the landscape. One of the factors that was considered in the design phase of the project was to create more space between the pier columns in order to provide unobstructed views of the Chesapeake Bay and Lynnhaven River.
Anyone traversing the area of the Lynnhaven Inlet along Virginia’s southern coast at nighttime would be remiss if they failed to notice the dazzling show of blue and white lights illuminating the Lesner Bridge. The aesthetic lighting features served as the most appropriate finishing touch for the…
November 05, 2019
Southgate Drive Roundabout; Route 460 Southgate Connector; Blacksburg, Virginia
Roundabouts such as this one on Southgate Drive reduced congestion and improved overall traffic flow.
This project first appeared in these pages back in July, and since then the final buttoning up has just about been completed. Though this project opened to traffic back in November of 2018, it required a significantly larger amount of post-construction care than other projects of comparable size. A…
October 02, 2019
In fall 2018, the Virginia DOT (VDOT) reached substantial completion on the Route 460 Southgate Connector. This project included replacing the existing signalized intersection at the U.S. Route 460 Bypass and Southgate Drive with a diverging diamond interchange (DDI) and realigning Southgate Drive…
July 03, 2019
Kudos to American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s President and CEO Dave Bauer for his recent Washington Post op-ed, which pointed out the need to fix our nation’s structurally deficient bridges and roadways. The sad state of our roadway infrastructure, which received only a D+…
June 05, 2019
Reduced visibility conditions such as fog represent a challenging environment for drivers. Fog reduces visibility and contrast in the visual field, which can negatively affect the perception of depth and speed. When these crucial driving cues are obscured, a driver’s ability to judge appropriate…
January 02, 2019
When it opened in 1964, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was considered one of the seven engineering wonders of the modern world—incorporating two-lane bridges and tunnels for vehicular traffic to get from southern Virginia to the Delmarva Peninsula in Delaware. The 17.6-mile vehicular toll…
September 04, 2018
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