Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
Dewberry Consultants Inc.
Shirley Contracting Company, LLC with Dewberry Consultants LLC as the Lead Designer was selected by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in May 2007 to design and construct 0.7 miles of Battlefield Parkway, a four lane roadway from Kincaid Boulevard to Route 7. The Project included dual 1,250-foot bridges spanning the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) trail and the Tuscarora Creek floodplain. Additionally, it included a 260-foot extension of a triple barrel box culvert, mechanically stabilized earth walls, two signals, roadway lighting, and a structure mounted sound barrier. The Design-Build Team’s responsibilities included all design and engineering, permitting, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocations, construction, and quality assurance and quality control. The project required close coordination with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) to reduce the impacts to the W&OD Trail.
The Team coordinated closely with the Town of Leesburg and adjacent property owners during the design phase to minimize future costs for completing future road improvements proposed within the project limits. At no cost to VDOT, the Team prepared exhibits of the future Route 7 and Battlefield Parkway interchange for review by the Town and VDOT and set the profile elevation on our project at an agreed upon elevation to reduce rework during future interchange construction. The Team also coordinated with VDOT and the Town to include a “T” intersection and stub-out to the future alignment of Russell Branch Parkway. The Team delayed construction in this area until funding for these improvements could be approved through the Town of Leesburg and the scope added to our contract. We then resequenced the schedule so these additional improvements could be completed without delay to the original completion date.
The Shirley Design-Build Team implemented an aggressive project schedule resulting in early plan approval. This approval facilitated obtaining not only the required environmental permits early, but also allowed early right-of-way acquisition through right-of-entry agreements with adjacent landowners, which allowed construction to begin three months ahead of schedule. Ultimately, the project was delivered three months ahead of schedule.