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Re: US 121 and US 460/Corridor Q
« Reply #25 on: January 15, 2020, 02:02:03 PM »

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VDOT is planning a ribbon-cutting for the big bridge(s) at the state line, with KYTC providing support. No date has yet been set, but it will probably be this fall. Going to be a huge event, with the governors and applicable federal officeholders (senators and representatives) from both states. Tentative plan is to hold it near the state line, which is the northwestern end of the bridge, with an inclement weather location indoors at Breaks Interstate Park. It's contingent on Kentucky finishing the access ramp from KY 80 near Elkhorn City to the segment that's already been built on this side of the state line. This is near the KY 1353 intersection, for those who attended my meet with this project as a focal point. We saw the bridges that had been built over KY 1353 but weren't yet open to traffic.
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Re: US 121 and US 460/Corridor Q
« Reply #26 on: January 15, 2020, 07:36:34 PM »

Thread bump...

VDOT is planning a ribbon-cutting for the big bridge(s) at the state line, with KYTC providing support. No date has yet been set, but it will probably be this fall. Going to be a huge event, with the governors and applicable federal officeholders (senators and representatives) from both states. Tentative plan is to hold it near the state line, which is the northwestern end of the bridge, with an inclement weather location indoors at Breaks Interstate Park. It's contingent on Kentucky finishing the access ramp from KY 80 near Elkhorn City to the segment that's already been built on this side of the state line. This is near the KY 1353 intersection, for those who attended my meet with this project as a focal point. We saw the bridges that had been built over KY 1353 but weren't yet open to traffic.

Will the new US 460 be done all the way to US 23 or just to Elkhorn City?
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Re: US 121 and US 460/Corridor Q
« Reply #27 on: January 16, 2020, 09:31:24 AM »

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Re: US 121 and US 460/Corridor Q
« Reply #28 on: January 16, 2020, 01:37:44 PM »

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VDOT is planning a ribbon-cutting for the big bridge(s) at the state line, with KYTC providing support. No date has yet been set, but it will probably be this fall. Going to be a huge event, with the governors and applicable federal officeholders (senators and representatives) from both states. Tentative plan is to hold it near the state line, which is the northwestern end of the bridge, with an inclement weather location indoors at Breaks Interstate Park. It's contingent on Kentucky finishing the access ramp from KY 80 near Elkhorn City to the segment that's already been built on this side of the state line. This is near the KY 1353 intersection, for those who attended my meet with this project as a focal point. We saw the bridges that had been built over KY 1353 but weren't yet open to traffic.

Will the new US 460 be done all the way to US 23 or just to Elkhorn City?

Just to Elkhorn City. The portion from KY 195 to KY 80 is under construction. It will include the tallest bridge in Kentucky (over Pond Creek of Draffin).
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Re: US 121 and US 460/Corridor Q
« Reply #29 on: November 16, 2020, 04:59:39 PM »

Route 460 Connector Phase I opens in Buchanan County
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BRISTOL, Va. – The tallest bridges in Virginia opened to traffic today (November 16), marking a major milestone in the effort to build a new transportation corridor in the Appalachian region.

The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Route 460 Connector Phase I project, located near Breaks Interstate Park, is the first portion of federally-designated Corridor Q in Virginia between Grundy, Va., and Kentucky to open to traffic. At 265-feet high and 1,733-feet long, the twin bridges over Grassy Creek are the tallest in the Commonwealth.
 
Route 460 Phase 1 is approximately 1-mile in length. In addition to the bridges over Grassy Creek, the project includes an access ramp and bridge over Hunts Creek and Route 768 to access Route 80 and nearby Breaks Interstate Park.
 
The project began as a design-build project in 2009, awarded to Bizzack Construction, LLC, Lexington, Ky. Construction concluded in 2015.
 
VDOT and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet coordinated the opening of the Route 460 Connector with the opening of a portion of Kentucky’s Route 460 work.

“Kentucky’s milestone of completing a portion of new Route 460 from the state line to near Elkhorn City meant VDOT would be able to open Phase I, greatly improving access for local motorists,” Acting Major Projects Program Manager Marty Halloway, P.E. said.

Including Phase I, just under 10 miles of Corridor Q in Virginia has been constructed to rough grade, with three additional miles of construction underway on the Route 460/121 Poplar Creek Phase A project in Buchanan County.

In 2023, all the projects currently completed to rough grade will be paved and open to traffic from the state line to Route 744 at Southern Gap.

“Current circumstances created by the pandemic kept us from formally celebrating this milestone, we are looking forward to celebrating the opening of 10 miles of Corridor Q in the near future,” VDOT Bristol District Administrator Donny Necessary said.
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Re: US 121 and US 460/Corridor Q
« Reply #30 on: November 17, 2020, 04:26:18 PM »

Needless to say, the road opened without ceremony. Kentucky was planning a socially-distanced caravan driving event to note the road's opening, but even that got scuttled.

Not sure when I'll get down to check it out, given that I'm still having car trouble.
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