An unparalleled mountain moving and flood proofing initiative more than a decade in the making for Southwest Virginia is now entering its final act.
While the town of Grundy has long since been relocated to its new redevelopment site across the Levisa River, work is still continuing on the related U.S. Route 460 widening project in the town.
The Virginia Department of Transportation announced last week it had awarded a $23.3 million contract to Kanawha Stone Inc. of Nitro for the third and final phase of the Route 460 widening project.
The actual construction should begin this spring and the work will take until about the summer of 2013 to complete. When the phase three construction is completed, the widening of the four-lane corridor in the town also will be completed. The project’s completion also will finalize the widening of Route 460 all the way from Grundy to Claypool Hill in Tazewell County.
This unique endeavor was made possible through more than $100 million in federal funds - much of which was secured by former Congressman Rick Boucher.
Federal funds with matching state dollars will be used to complete the final phase of the Route 460 widening project, according to VDOT spokeswoman Michelle Earl.
The 1.8 mile project will extend from Route 615, or the Hoot Owl Road area, to the Royal City area near the town hall, Earl said. As part of the flood-proofing component of the three-phase highway widening project, VDOT constructed a flood protection levee as the base for the new Route 460 roadbed. To prevent future flooding, the roadway is being constructed above the 1977 flood elevation.
We congratulate the town of Grundy, VDOT, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and all other parties and individuals involved in the realization of this long dream for Grundy.
This small Southwest Virginia town, and its citizens, are now not only protected from future flooding, but will also soon be the beneficiary of an improved four-lane corridor.