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New Bridge/Road Details
- A new 95’ high, fixed-span, four-lane bridge replaced the two-lane moveable Steel Bridge.
- The roadway as widened from two lanes to four lanes from Grassfield Pkwy to I-64.
- Interchanges were constructed at Cedar Road, Bainbridge Blvd/Dominion Lakes and Great Bridge Blvd.
- A fully automated system will collect tolls using E-ZPass or toll-by-late starting 12:01 a.m. Thursday, February 9, 2017.
- Construction began January 2013.
- The northbound span over the Elizabeth River was opened to traffic in December 2014 and was dedicated as the Veterans Bridge.
- The Steel Bridge was demolished in January 2015.
- Four lanes from Grassfield Pkwy to I-64 were opened to traffic in November 2016.
- Tolling begins at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, February 9, 2017.
- The project is ahead of schedule of the contract completion date of April 2017.
- Tolling begins 12:01 a.m. Thursday, February 9.
- A toll system testing period began in early November 2016 and was complete in February 2017.
- Tolls will pay for maintenance and operation costs for the road as well as repayment of bonds and loans. Tolls are essential to the project because transportation funds from traditional sources are lacking.
- Tolls will be collected electronically by E-ZPass or toll-by-plate. E-ZPass provides the cheapest, most efficient option at $1 for a passenger vehicle.
- The toll rate will increase by 5% every fiscal year. The multi-year toll rate for all classes of vehicles is available here.
- Dominion Boulevard Improvement Project is 100% publicly funded — there will be no private investment partner associated with the project. Chesapeake will be the sole owner.
- Costs are as follows:
- Project capital costs: $345.2 million
- Refinancing of Expressway bonds: $19.3 million
- Interest, Debt Service and other Fees*: $34.9 million
- *The interest and fees for the project could be compared to the interest and fees paid by homeowners on their mortgage. The funds are not paid towards the actual cost of the home (or project) but they are necessary in order to secure the loan for the home (project).
- Funds will come from the following sources:
- Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank Loan: $151.9 million
- Toll Revenue Bonds: $158.5 million
- State and Federal Funds: $85.8 million
- Existing Reserves and Earnings: $3.1 million
Benefits of Roadway Improvement
- Enhanced safety due to less congestion, fewer stops and better access
- No bridge openings
- No stop lights between Grassfield Parkway and the interstate
- Four lanes of traffic with interchanges
- Improved hurricane evacuation route
- Faster public safety response times
Construction By The Numbers
- Approximately 10 miles of utilities have been relocated
- 400,000 cubic yards of excavation
- 1.2 million cubic yards of embankment fill
- 5.8 million linear feet of wick drains
- 50,000 cubic yards of cast-in-place concrete
- 2000+ precast concrete piles (157,500 linear feet - over 30 miles)
- 66,400 linear feet of precast concrete beams (over 13 miles)
- 245,000 square feet of Mechanically Stabilized Earth walls (retaining walls)
- 26,000 square feet of sound barrier
- 1,000 linear feet of box culvert (650 cy)
- 36,000 linear feet of Reinforced Concrete Pipe
- 8 million pounds of reinforcing steel
- In 1990, the daily traffic count on Dominion was 18,000 vehicles. It’s grown to 33,000 vehicles today, making it one of the most heavily traveled two-lane roads in Virginia.
- The Steel Bridge lifts up to 6,000 times each year, or an average of 16 times a day. With an average of 10 minutes per lift, the bridge is closed to road traffic for the equivalent of 42 days each year.
- The current roadway has a high accident rate.
- A Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization study ranked the Dominion Boulevard improvements as the top project in the region in terms of its ability to reduce congestion and improve safety.
Chesapeake Transportation System
- The improved Dominion Boulevard and the existing Chesapeake Expressway will together form the Chesapeake Transportation System (CTS).
- The CTS will operate as a single facility, with operations combined to reduce redundancy and overhead.
Project Presentations and Documents
- October 27, 2015 Chesapeake Transportation System (CTS) Council Update Presentation
- Dominion Boulevard Environmental Assessment
- Route 17 Access Management Plan
- July 23, 2013 Chesapeake Transportation System presentation and video
- March 1, 2013 Virginian-Pilot online Q&A
- December 17, 2012 Groundbreaking Ceremony video and Mayor Krasnoff's Speech
- A Resolution of the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Endorsing U.S. Route 17/Dominion Boulevard as a Regional High-Priority Project
- House Bill 1582: Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank
- Governor McDonnell in Roanoke: $4 Billion for Transportation (plan includes "Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank." Dominion Blvd in Chesapeake named as example of local project that would be a candidate for funding. The project took home the first ever VTIB loan.)
- Letter of Support from Virginia's Elected Representatives
All exhibit documents are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format
- Full Project Corridor (areas listed separately below)
- Plan Revisions to West Cove Connector and Finck Lane since the Public Hearing of Sept. 08
- Dominion Boulevard Corridor
- South of Cedar Road
- Dominion Boulevard at Grassfield Parkway
- Cedar Road Interchange
- Bridge Over S. Branch Elizabeth River
- Bainbridge/Dominion Lakes Boulevard Interchange
- Great Bridge Boulevard Interchange