RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - 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.
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 ((buhk-AN'-un) County. The first segment is under construction.
Transportation department spokeswoman Michelle Earl tells the Bristol Herald Courier (http://bit.ly/17ruDEW ) 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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