$10M allocated for widening Route 58

Published 10:06 am Friday, June 22, 2012


SUFFOLK—The Commonwealth Transportation Board on Wednesday approved $10 million to help fund the widening of U.S. Route 58 in Suffolk.

The road will be widened from three-quarters of a mile west of Manning Bridge Road east to the foot of the bypass.

The design of the project is being paid for by CenterPoint Properties, which is building an intermodal center on Route 58 west of Kenyon Road. Ace Hardware and the Navy Exchange Command warehouses are under construction there.

“I’m very pleased with the good news,” said Councilman Jeffrey Gardy, who represents the area. “We’re getting there. We’re getting a big bite every chance we get. Fortunately, most of the people who live in Holy Neck are very patient.”

Completing the acquisition of right-of-way was one of the top priorities used to determine the allocation of funds, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The $10 million allocation was the top amount given, Suffolk Mayor Linda Johnson said Wednesday.

The project still is far from fully funded, but City Manager Selena Cuffee-Glenn promised there is “more to come,” Johnson said.

“We may not get it all at once, but we do work very hard,” she said.