VDOT HOLDS RIBBON CUTTING FOR THE SKIFFES CREEK CONNECTOR PROJECT
Event celebrated the project and its new roadway connecting Route 60 (Pocahontas Trail) and Route 143 (Merrimac Trail)
JAMES CITY COUNTY— The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), alongside its state and regional partners, celebrated the Skiffes Creek Connector Project with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 16.
The Skiffes Creek Connector Project includes construction of a 1-mile, two-lane roadway extension of the existing Green Mount Parkway, two new bridges, expanded turn lanes and the addition of new traffic signals at intersections with Route 60 (Pocahontas Trail) and Route 143 (Merrimac Trail). The project also expands pedestrian access to an existing bus stop along eastbound Route 60 near its intersection with Green Mount Parkway.
In addition to providing another travel option between Route 143 and Route 60, the new roadway was designed to provide congestion relief on local roads, improve safety and emergency evacuation, and streamline the movement of goods along the two primary routes.
This project will also reduce and redirect industrial truck traffic away from James River Elementary School, reduce traffic in the Lee Hall community in Newport News, and provide additional access to Fort Eustis and Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. Commercial trucks servicing businesses such as the Walmart Distribution Center, Haynes Distribution Center, Carter Machinery, Ball Metal Beverage Packing and others nearby, now have a faster and safer route option to access Interstate 64 as they travel towards Virginia’s ports and their final destinations. This new route removes the need for these trucks to travel miles out of the way, at low speeds through congested residential areas and school zones and provides a more direct route.
The new roadway built as part of the Skiffes Creek Connector Project, known as Green Mount Parkway (Route 774), opened to traffic on Nov. 17.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) awarded the design-build contract for the Skiffes Creek Connector Project to Shirley Contracting Company, LLC of Lorton, VA in January 2020.
To learn more about the Skiffes Creek Connector Project, visit https://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/skiffes_creek.asp