Governor funds Route 58 interchange in Courtland

Published 5:45 pm Thursday, April 21, 2011

RICHMOND—Gov. Bob McDonnell’s historic legislation to fund more than 900 road projects includes money to build the long awaited, $28.3 million interchange for Route 58 in Courtland.

Southampton County Administrator Mike Johnson, an advocate for the project, noted Thursday the money won’t be available until 2016 and 2017.

The governor’s plan also calls for using a share of $1.4 billion as leverage money for the private sector to fund a new Route 460 between Suffolk and Petersburg, Johnson said.

Bidders estimate the new highway would cost $1.44 billion to $1.8 billion to build and would require tolls from $5.50 to $11 for cars.

Also scheduled for the next six years are eight additional projects in Southampton County, 14 in Isle of Wight County and one in Franklin.

For 25 years, Southampton County officials have pushed for a flyover interchange where Business 58 meets Southampton Parkway/Route 58 McDonnell on Wednesday released his list of more than 900 projects on his transportation agenda. Roughly $3.9 million has already been set aside for the project and $2 million will be allocated in 2012 with the balance coming between 2013 and 2017, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation web site.

The project includes a grade-separated interchange where Route 58 Business intersects with Route 58 at the traffic light. It will eliminate crossings at the Old Bridge Road location and the light. Basically, the new interchange would realign Old Bridge Road, which goes to the wastewater treatment plant.

Other major projects in Southampton County include replacing a Route 35 bridge for $12.9 million, replacing a General Thomas Highway bridge over the Nottoway River for $7.1 million and $6.9 million in bridgework on Route 189 over the Blackwater River.

Some of the bigger projects for Isle of Wight County include replacing the Route 58 bridge over the Blackwater River for $6.1 million, replacing the Route 58 Business bridge for $3.6 million and reconstructing Foursquare Road between Raynor Road and Central Hill Road for $3.1 million.

A $2.8 million restoration of Hunterdale Road from Clay Street to Old Sedley Road is scheduled for Franklin.