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Re: I-73 in VA
« Reply #850 on: April 18, 2021, 10:52:39 PM »

I understand US-58 is technically "complete" between Stuart and I-64, but I wish they could dedicate some of those annual funds towards further upgrades on the portion east of I-95, specifically constructing a new alignment between Holland and Suffolk, and upgrading US-58 between the Suffolk Bypass and Bowers Hill to interstate standards. A wish list would say upgrade the entire segment east of I-95 to interstate standards, but the segment east of Holland needs to be addressed sooner rather than later and is not even a real project at this point - merely spot improvements to the existing, non-limited-access, traffic signal infested roadway - and a widening project closer to Suffolk which is not a long-term solution for a major freight corridor. Shows the planning efforts on Virginia's part.
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Re: I-73 in VA
« Reply #851 on: April 18, 2021, 11:02:16 PM »

I understand US-58 is technically "complete" between Stuart and I-64, but I wish they could dedicate some of those annual funds towards further upgrades on the portion east of I-95, specifically constructing a new alignment between Holland and Suffolk, and upgrading US-58 between the Suffolk Bypass and Bowers Hill to interstate standards. A wish list would say upgrade the entire segment east of I-95 to interstate standards, but the segment east of Holland needs to be addressed sooner rather than later and is not even a real project at this point - merely spot improvements to the existing, non-limited-access, traffic signal infested roadway - and a widening project closer to Suffolk which is not a long-term solution for a major freight corridor. Shows the planning efforts on Virginia's part.

Not to get too off topic here but yeah I definitely think that the choice to widen that portion of US-58 west of Suffolk rather than build a bypass was a mistake.
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Re: I-73 in VA
« Reply #852 on: July 04, 2021, 11:52:55 AM »

Back in May 2020, VDOT has revised the preferred alternative of the Martinsville Southern Connector project to connect with the US-220 bypass further west of the Joseph Martin Hwy interchange, a location IMO that is more logical and would have less right-of-way impact. It also opens up the possibility to have continuity between the US-220 bypass north and the new Martinsville Southern Connector south.

This new routing will be evaluated in the Final EIS projected to be complete by October 2020.



https://www.virginiadot.org/projects/resources/Salem/Martinsville-Connector/Route_220_MAY_2020_Newsletter_FINAL.pdf
https://www.virginiadot.org/Projects/Salem/asset_upload_file57_143753.pdf

I would hope that the following changes occur in the Final EIS from the Draft EIS -
- Further west tie in
- Continuity between Martinsville Southern Connector with traffic continuing on US-58 East and vice versa having to exit/enter to/from the right.
- Design speed of 70 mph or 75 mph as opposed to 60 mph to permit a posted 70 mph speed limit.

If this highway is to conceptually become apart of I-73 in the future, these features would be standard on a rural interstate facility, and even though the project is technically an independent arterial bypass, it should be designed to be apart of an I-73 that follows MSC and the existing US-220 bypass north.
VDOT released a new update regarding the projects, indicating that they have submitted a Joint Permit Application (JPA) for the modified preferred alternative of the Martinsville Southern Connector project.

Digging through, I was able to find schematics of the new alignment and how they have decided to tackle the US-58 / US-220 interchange, and it seems they have decided to properly redesign it to include full continuity between the Martinsville Southern Connector and US-220 to the north, with the cross section significantly widening south of the interchange area to match the wide median of the existing US-220 bypass.

With the southern interchange remaining the same, the current design of the Martinsville Southern Connector will have full continuity to US-220 on either end, a bonus if it is to become apart of Interstate 73 in the future to avoid a TOTSO situation.

The only other feature that still has not been updated is the proposed design speed of 60 mph, which would indicate they still intend posting a 55 mph speed limit on this rural, interstate-standard freeway. Specifically, the curve the highway will take to diverge from US-220 on the southern end of the project is designed at 60 mph, not 70 mph. Hopefully this will be addressed in the Final Environmental Impact Statement.





That is the first I heard of the updated northern interchange. Where did you find these photos? I couldn't find it everywhere.. not even on the VDOT's MSC page...
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Re: I-73 in VA
« Reply #853 on: August 07, 2021, 06:44:16 PM »

^ Sorry for the late response. I recall seeing those somewhere on VDOT’s MSC page, though the links may have now been removed.
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Re: I-73 in VA
« Reply #854 on: August 07, 2021, 06:45:27 PM »

I-73 Corridor in Virginia could receive funding from Infrastructure Bill
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ROANOKE, Va, – Congress is just days away from passing a bipartisan infrastructure bill that would give Virginia over $7 billion for roads and bridges.

One major road project in Southwest Virginia is the Interstate 73 corridor which has been in the works for decades. Virginia Senator Tim Kaine says although Congress is passing the bill for funding. It will be up to the Commonwealth Transportation Board to prioritize what projects will benefit from the money.

“So they will be looking at well, do we do new projects that weren’t on the five-year plan or do they accelerate projects that were on the five-year plan and complete them sooner so that they can add new projects,” said Senator Kaine.
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Re: I-73 in VA
« Reply #855 on: August 07, 2021, 09:44:32 PM »

I-73 Corridor in Virginia could receive funding from Infrastructure Bill
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ROANOKE, Va, – Congress is just days away from passing a bipartisan infrastructure bill that would give Virginia over $7 billion for roads and bridges.

One major road project in Southwest Virginia is the Interstate 73 corridor which has been in the works for decades. Virginia Senator Tim Kaine says although Congress is passing the bill for funding. It will be up to the Commonwealth Transportation Board to prioritize what projects will benefit from the money.

...which doesn't bode well for I-73, given the political muscle what it has to compete against.
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Re: I-73 in VA
« Reply #856 on: August 11, 2021, 03:07:19 PM »

I-73 Corridor in Virginia could receive funding from Infrastructure Bill
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ROANOKE, Va, – Congress is just days away from passing a bipartisan infrastructure bill that would give Virginia over $7 billion for roads and bridges.

One major road project in Southwest Virginia is the Interstate 73 corridor which has been in the works for decades. Virginia Senator Tim Kaine says although Congress is passing the bill for funding. It will be up to the Commonwealth Transportation Board to prioritize what projects will benefit from the money.

...which doesn't bode well for I-73, given the political muscle what it has to compete against.

Yeah if this money gets put into smart scale then I-73 is getting nothing. Would love to at least see the Martinsville Southern Connector get done.
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Re: I-73 in VA
« Reply #857 on: August 18, 2021, 12:07:33 PM »

I-73 Corridor in Virginia could receive funding from Infrastructure Bill
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ROANOKE, Va, – Congress is just days away from passing a bipartisan infrastructure bill that would give Virginia over $7 billion for roads and bridges.

One major road project in Southwest Virginia is the Interstate 73 corridor which has been in the works for decades. Virginia Senator Tim Kaine says although Congress is passing the bill for funding. It will be up to the Commonwealth Transportation Board to prioritize what projects will benefit from the money.

...which doesn't bode well for I-73, given the political muscle what it has to compete against.

Yeah if this money gets put into smart scale then I-73 is getting nothing. Would love to at least see the Martinsville Southern Connector get done.

I'd be shocked if even the MSC gets built at this point, tbh.
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