Eastern Virginia projects currently underway or recently completed
September 29, 2021
Catherine De Rosa
Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel
Hampton and Norfolk
In October 2020, crews inaugurated the state’s largest infrastructure project: the expansion of the Hampton Roads tunnel bridge, which is expected to be completed in 2025. Much of the work will not be visible to drivers. because it will require space underwater, as a massive tunnel boring machine digs twin, two-lane tunnels about 50 feet deeper than current tunnels. The tunneling is expected to begin in early 2022.
Meanwhile, above ground, work began this spring on widening Interstate 64 between Settlers Landing Road and Phoebus Shore, resulting in eight lanes on the water.
The expansion is designed and built by several companies in a joint venture known as Hampton Roads Connector Partners. About 28% of the project’s $ 3.8 billion budget was spent in August, according to Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Annalysce Baker. The Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, a regional fundraising commission made up of locally elected officials, is funding nearly $ 3.6 billion for the project through the regional fuel tax and sales tax surcharges. The remaining $ 309 million comes from the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Most construction takes place at night, so travelers can expect delays, Baker said.
James City County Marina
Renovation work on the marina, which began in November 2020,
is about halfway through, with the first $ 3.4 million phase to be completed this fall. The total $ 6 million project, which has been awarded to North Carolina-based Carolina Marine Structures Inc., includes dredging, new floating piers and docks, new sidewalks and a redeveloped driveway, as well as a new fuel system and more parking spaces in phase two. Work on the second part of the project is expected to start in 2023.
Huntington Village Apartments
Open this summer, Huntington Village is a $ 19.8 million project managed by Lawson Cos. and is slated for completion in October, according to Katie Cardillo, marketing director of Massachusetts developer Dakota Partners Inc. The 4.9-acre property includes four buildings with 96 apartments, some of which are designated as affordable housing by the Newport News Housing Development Authority. The establishment also includes a clubhouse and a fitness center.
Amazon fulfillment center
Amazon.com Inc.’s $ 230 million, 3.8 million square foot robotic distribution center in Northgate Commerce Park is slated to be completed this year, creating 1,000 jobs for people who will work at Northgate Commerce Park. alongside robots to fulfill orders from Amazon customers. The five-story facility will be the tallest industrial building in the state, standing at 95 feet. In May, a contractor, Louisiana-based Eastern Constructors Inc., was fined by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for violations that resulted in the accidental deaths of two workers in 2020.
Lexington Place Apartments
The construction division of Breeden Co. completed the $ 12.5 million first phase of this affordable housing project in June, building 72 residences and a lodge in collaboration with the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
Lexington Place meets EarthCraft certification standards, which include compliance with energy efficiency and indoor air quality specifications. The new district, which will have 144 townhouses on the completion, replaces the old community of Lincoln Park, which was built in 1960 and had 178 units. The second phase is expected to be built west of the first phase and will include a community center.
Construction on the $ 24.4 million expansion of the Lyon shipyard, which includes a shipping elevator and a larger dry dock, began in June. According to the company, the project is expected to end in November 2022 and create 119 permanent jobs. Founded in 1928, the shipyard has two facilities on the Elizabeth River spanning over 30 acres. The sea travel lift will allow workers to lift boats out of the water for repairs, providing room for more ships to be repaired at the same time.