Providing critical east-west connectivity to ease regional congestion and drive new economic opportunities
Working with private sector partners, Branch Highways, on the next section of Route 58, referred to as the Tri-County (3.2 miles) and Laurel Fork (5 miles) sections. Work on the entire 8.2-mile section is expected to be completed by fall 2015. Route 58 closed in December 2003 and has a total project value of approximately $222.75 million. Phase 1 was completed in 2006, and Phase 2 was completed in 2011.
- Relieving safety and congestion concerns on both I-64 and I-81 by providing a safe alternate route for all vehicles.
- Enhancing Virginia’s ability to become the international gateway for the East Coast for commercial and resort traffic, adding an efficient link connecting Hampton Roads to Southeastern and Midwestern states.
In 2003, VDOT entered into a PPTA agreement with Branch Highways, Inc. to develop, design and construct the remaining 36 miles of Route 58 (Hillsville to Stuart). This agreement was broken into multiple phases, each contingent on funding:
- Phase 1: Three-mile segment crossing the Blue Ridge Parkway at Meadows of Dan (completed November 2005, on budget and ahead of schedule).
- Phase 2: Five-mile Hillsville Bypass in Carroll County (completed August 2011, on budget and ahead of schedule).
- Phase 3: Eight-mile Laurel Fork/Tri-County Project in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick Counties (in progress, to be completed by December 2015).
- Remaining Phases: Twenty-mile improvements between Hillville and Stuart (pending funding approval).