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Contract OK'ed for Coalfields Expressway connector

RICHMOND, Va. - The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to award a contract in July for the second phase of a highway that will link the Coalfields Expressway to Kentucky.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says in a news release that the department received authorization on Friday from the Commonwealth Transportation Board to award the $108 million design-build contract to Rapoca Energy.

Rapoca Energy will prepare a road bed to rough grade for a 6-mile section of the U.S. Route 460 Connector in Buchanan County, Va. The first segment is under construction.

Transportation department spokeswoman Michelle Earl tells the Bristol Herald Courier that another contract will be awarded later to a company to pave the connector.

When completed, the four-lane Coalfields Expressway will run from Buchanan County to Raleigh County, W.Va.


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