Virginia OKs start of work on US$3.8 billion Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (USA)
Virginia’s Department of Transportation has issued its approval for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel’s $3.8 billion project to proceed.
Hampton Roads Connector Partners (HRCP) received a notice to proceed for the project, allowing the builder to start interstate and tunnel work in the 9.9-mile corridor. Some preparations have started for the largest roadways project in Virginia’s history and one of the biggest in the USA, which will add twin two-lane tunnels next to two existing tunnels.
HRCP, a joint venture led by New York-based Dragados USA Inc. and including Vinci Construction, Flatiron Construction Corp., Vinci subsidiary Dodin Campenon Bernard and designers HDR and Mott MacDonald, won the contract for the project, expected to conclude in 2025. It will double the number of lanes in the bridge-tunnel and ease traffic.
Geotechnical borings and staging work on the HRBT South Island for a tunnel boring machine (TBM) began this summer. The TBM, which will excavate the two tunnels, is expected to launch from the island in 2022, according to VDOT. The project also includes widening of several adjoining bridges, starting early next year. Two lanes open to traffic will be maintained in both directions during construction.