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Contract awarded to four-lane Rts. 460-11

SALEM – The Commonwealth Transportation Board has awarded a contract for the four-laning of West Main Street, U.S. 11-460, in Glenvar.

The $22.6-million contract was awarded to DLB Inc. of Hillsville. The Salem Times-Register reported in August that DLB had submitted the lowest bid and the contract was expected to be awarded at the next meeting of the transportation board.

The portion to be widened will start just in Roanoke County just west of the Salem City limits and extend about 2.1 miles to approximately one-tenth of a mile west of Technology Drive.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said work should start by spring and is expected to be completed by fall 2013.

What is now a three-lane road, with turning lane, will be expanded into a four-lane divided highway with a raised median and turn lanes are busy intersections.

The project will also include a 44-foot bridge over Little Bear Rock Branch, as well as adding sidewalks that will tie into existing pedestrian routes at Fort Lewis Elementary School.

There will be paved shoulders for bicycle and pedestrian lanes.

Also included will be replacement of traffic lights at Daugherty Drive, the road that leads to Glenvar schools, and at Alleghany Drive, where Medeco, Richfield Retirement Community and Atlas Cold Storage are located.

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