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VDOT pockets $1M on Stamper’s Bay Road project

Sharp curves will be straightened on Stamper’s Bay Road.
by Tom Chillemi

The construction bid to widen and straighten winding Stamper’s Bay Road in Hartfield came in about $1.2 million under VDOT’s estimated cost, said Marcie Parker, resident engineer for the Saluda office of VDOT.

Construction costs for the one-mile project were estimated before the recession at about $2.2 million, and the low bid came in at $932,371. The low bid was submitted by Howard Brothers Contractor Inc. of Providence Forge.

Right-of-way acquisition will cost about $500,000 and design fees will be about $500,000, Parker explained.

Stamper’s Bay Road (Route 630) is known locally as “the short cut” to Deltaville for those coming from Mathews on Route 3. The busy road is one of the most curvy roads in Middlesex County.

The widening project was planned by VDOT and the Middlesex Board of Supervisors. The improvements have been the top priority on Middlesex County’s six-year road improvement plan for a while, but with reductions in VDOT’s construction budget, it was delayed, Parker said. 

The project is scheduled to begin in February 2010, said Parker, and has a 180-day completion time with a fixed date of November 6, 2010, said Parker. 

The road will remain open during most of the construction. However, when a double line of drain pipes is installed at the bottom of a hill near Route 33, Stamper’s Bay Road will have to be closed, she added.  

The savings will help pay for the project, which will be fully funded by the time Stamper’s Bay Road is completed, she added.

Parker also said recently that the Middlesex County road construction budget is $200,700 for fiscal 2009-10—less than half of the $426,000 budgeted in 2008-09. There is no money in the budget for paving unpaved roads, she added.

By law, road maintenance must be funded before VDOT can allocate funds for construction, noted Parker.

posted 12.04.2009

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