2 Coalfields Expressway Corridor Q Overview of the CFX and Corridor QCoal SynergyProcurementEnvironmental StatusFunding StatusIndividual Construction Segment Status
3 This visual depicts the location of CFX and Corridor Q (Wise, Dickenson and Buchanan). Multi-state transportation initiatives.Corridor Q in Orange extends into KentuckyCFX in Green extends into WVApproximately 7 miles are dually designated as CFX (US Rt. 121) and Corridor Q (US Route 460).
4 Corridor Q (US 460) Appalachian Development Highway System National Highway SystemCenterpiece of Appalachian Regional Commission’s Economic and Social Development in 13 state Appalachian Region127.5 miles - VA/KY to Interstate 81 near ChristiansburgApprox. 14 miles remain uncompleted in VA.Five Construction Segments2 miles completed to rough grade (Hawks Nest)7 miles under contract (460 Phase I and II)5 miles negotiation stage( CFX/Q Connection and Poplar Creek)Kentucky has 16 of 17 miles under construction100% Federal Funds thru MAP 21Sept 2013 ARC concurred with VDOT’s request to reinstate a connection between CFX and ADHS Corridor Q100% federal funding for ADHS with MAP 21 (July 2012) runs out in 2021.VDOT is moving forward with plans to complete Corridor Q by 2021 in accordance with its April 30, 2013 Completion Plan submitted to ARC as required by MAP 21.ADHS Program Manager, Ken Wester, came from D.C. to Southwest Virginia just last week to get a status update and field tour.17 miles of Corridor Q in Kentucky remain uncompleted miles currently under construction.
5 Coalfields Expressway (US 121) Congressional High Priority Corridor & National Highway System50 miles-US Rte 23 near Pound to WV line near Slate, VACurrently 8 construction segments2 miles Constructed to Rough GradeHawks NestApprox 12 miles – Under PE DesignPound Connector (partially funded)Doe Branch (fully funded)Approx 20 miles – Negotiating PE DesignCranes Nest (partially funded)CFX/460 Connection (fully funded)Poplar Creek (Working with Programming Division to align allocations with anticipated spend plan.)65 miles of CFX in WV (Raleigh, Wyoming and McDowell) …8 miles open to traffic8 miles to rough grade or under construction13 miles final design underway/compete2 miles under construction36 no work to date
6 Regional Connectivity The CFX is a 116 mile, 4-lane limited-access highway running from Rt. 23 near Pound, VA through to Paynesville, West Virginia.The Coalfields will connect Interstates 64 and 77 in West Virginia to Route 23 in Virginia, which links to interstates in Kentucky and Tennessee.CFX would be an economic lifeline to a region that continues to suffer economically because it never had adequate roads and it will be an economic boost for the economy of Virginia.
7 Coal Synergy: Only Practicable Alternative Construction methodology common to the mining industryLarge scale earth moving equipmentIncidental coal recoverySaves 45% of the costsProvides adjacent flat land to help the region diversify its economy and reduce dependence on coal (Southern Gap Development)“A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity…” VA Coalfield Economic Development AuthorityAnd coal synergy is the answer.By partnering with coal companies, VDOT can build CFX for about half of the cost of traditional construction methods.The project can be accomplished economically and responsibly, following strict environmental regulations.By working with the coal industry to build CFX, the state also can set the stage to help the region diversify its economy and become less dependent on coal in the long term.Savings also realized for 460 Connector Phase IILarge scale earth moving equipment – depending on equipment spread 14,000CY/DayNOTE - VCEDA Info:The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority is a regional economic development organization created by VA’s General Assembly in 1988 to enhance and diversify the economic base of the 7-county, one city, coal-producing region. The region includes: Lee, Wise, Scott, Buchanan, Russell, Tazewell and Dickenson Counties and the City of Norton.With Coal Synergy$2.8 BillionWithout Coal Synergy$5.1 BillionVS.Note: 2013 estimated costs of CFX, connectors, and connections to Corridor Q.
8 Coal Synergy Southern Gap Development Site Three Phase Development Site developed with coal synergyBuchanan County investment made based on CFX/Q infrastructure1,300 Acre Site versus 90 Acre total within countyProposed Local Access Road for connection with CFX/QCall Center that employs 320 , housing, ball park, fair grounds and small race trackThis is phase I of a phased development site. It now has housing, fire station, call center, fair grounds, ball park and small race track.Phase I 400 Acres: Residential, recreation and industrialPhase II 400 Acres: Industrial and ManufacturingUtility construction underway (water and sewer, electric and fiber conduit)The construction and ongoing existence of the Coalfields Expressway (CFX) will inject hundreds of millions of dollars into the CFX Corridor and provide jobs for workers in construction, retail, service, and warehouse industries.Based on 2013 Economic Impact Analysis…the annual economic impact for CFX in VA is $69.7 million that sustains 372 jobs in 2035 after construction is complete. Return on investment is $3 to $1During Construction:29,359 construction jobs over 17 yearsVA economic impact - $4.1 billionAfter construction:372 new service jobsAnnual VA impact $41.4 millionPlus $28.3 million annual savings from travel efficiencies
9 Construction Segments This visual depicts the phased approach to completing these two transportation initiatives.The two largest, Cranes (in blue) and Elkins (in purple) will be subdivided to facilitate financing.The Dark Green depicts the proposed Local Access Road to Southern Gap Development.
10 Three Procurement Vehicles PPTA Comprehensive Agreement – CFXPound Connector – Alpha Natural ResourcesPE UnderwayCranes Nest – Alpha Natural ResourcesCurrently negotiating PE Task OrderDoe Branch – Alpha Natural ResourcesHawks Nest – Alpha Natural ResourcesDually Designated as Corridor QComplete to Rough GradePoplar Creek –Bizzack ConstructionPE task order negotiations completeElkins – Bizzack ConstructionRockhouse – Bizzack ConstructionTraditional Design-Build – CFX & Corridor Q460 Connector Phase I – Under ContractFinal Grade for 460 Connector Phase II, CFX/Q Connection, Hawks NestSole Source Design-Build Using Coal Synergy – Corridor Q460 Connector Phase II (Rough Grade) – Under ContractProjects advanced by task order which limits obligation to only that work currently underway.We are utilizing 3 procurement vehicles:1. Comprehensive Agreement to design build and maintain CFXTraditional D-BSole Source D-BThese vehicles allow us to advance each project in a phased approach and as noted, limits our obligation to only the work currently underway.The phases utilized for advancement are:PECN to rough gradeCN to final grade.
11 Environmental Status Section I – first 2 miles of the Pound Connector Final EIS of CFX completed in September, 2001 and Record of Decision issued by FHWA in November, 2001Original alignment in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been revised to align with mineral reserves owned by coal synergy partners. NEPA environmental reevaluations for CFX divided into five (5) sections. Section I – first 2 miles of the Pound ConnectorReevaluation completed and signed by FHWA January 8, 2009Section II – remainder of Pound Connector and Doe BranchCoordinating with FHWA and COE to update Environmental AssessmentSection III(A) – Hawks NestReevaluation completed and signed by FHWA on March 26, 2008 Section III(B) – Poplar Creek and ElkinsReevaluation expected to be complete in July 2014Section III(C) - RockhouseReevaluation completed and signed by FHWA October 29, 2008460 Connector Phase II and CFX/Q ConnectionEnvironmental Assessment completed and signed by FHWA on January 24, 2010The reevaluations were coordinated with FHWA and are based on independent utility and logical termini as well as the degree of variation of each section from the original EIS.All evaluations have been completed except for Section II and III(B). VDOT is closely coordinating with FHWA and COE to develop these documents.
12 Status: CFX Pound Connector Mileage: 6.8 milesEstimate: $140 million (Rough and Final)Current Stage: Preliminary EngineeringPE Begin Date: December 2011PE Completion Date: July 2014Anticipated DB Begin Date(Rough Grade): Spring 2015 ( NEPA Section I)Private Sector Partner: Alpha Natural ResourcesThese next few slides provide a more detailed status of each construction segment such as mileage scoping estimate schedule.For the sake of time, I will not spend a lot of time on these unless you have a specific question or would like me to.
13 Status: CFX Cranes Nest Mileage: 15.3 milesSubdivided into three 5 mile construction segments with independent utility3 bridges:Georges Fork Height 180’Cranes Nest Height 220’Russell Fork Height 340’Estimate: $690 million (Rough and Final)Funding: $10 million - Limited Preliminary Engineering (PE) OnlyPE Begin Date: August 2014PE Completion Date: August 2016Current Stage: Negotiating ContractPrivate Sector Partner: Alpha Natural ResourcesEstimate is large but note it will require 3 structures and is 15 miles.We plan to subdivide in to three (3), five (5) miles sections.
14 Status: CFX Doe Branch Mileage: 5 miles Estimate: $81.5 million (Rough and Final)Approx. 2 miles within existing mine permit – provides additional savingsCurrent Stage: Preliminary EngineeringBegin PE: December 2011PE Completion Date: June 2014Private Sector Partner: Alpha Natural ResourcesNote the per mile scoping estimate is smaller than previous two sections…approx 2 miles within existing permitted mine.The portion of roadway that intersects with the existing permit will result in reduced costs to tax payers….Already permitted and impacts mitigated.Revise permit to a post mining land use of public use/ public road. (reclamation cost savings from AOC which is transferred to public).
15 Status: CFX/Corridor Q Connection Mileage: 0.3 milesCost Estimate: $24.5 million (Rough Grade)Anticipated Begin: Spring 2015Anticipated Completion: Spring 2017Current Stage:Negotiations for Design Build Contract to Rough GradeCoordinating with FHWA type of connection via Safety & Mobility AnalysisPrivate Sector Partner: Alpha Natural ResourcesNote this connection now qualifies for 100% federal funding thru MAP 21.As stated previously…. Sept 2013 ARC concurred with VDOT’s request to reinstate a connection between CFX and ADHS Corridor Q.
16 Status: CFX/Q Hawks Nest Mileage: 2.0 milesCost: $10 million (Rough grade on existing mine permit)Began: April 2008Current Stage: Rough Grade Construction CompleteCompletion Date Finish Grade: Summer 2019Private Sector Partner: Alpha Natural ResourcesNote the large cost savings due to the alignment within an existing mine permit.
18 Status: CFX/Q Poplar Creek Mileage: 4.5 milesCost Estimate: $248 million (Rough and Final Grade)Anticipated PE Begin Date: May 2014Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2021 (Rough and Final Grade)Current Stage: Contract Negotiation for Preliminary EngineeringPrivate Sector Partner: Bizzack Construction CompanyPoplar Creek Bridge – Height 310’
19 Status: CFX Elkins Mileage: 11 miles Coordinate Construction with WV CFXCurrent Stage: No fundingPrivate Sector Partner: Bizzack Construction Company
20 Status: CFX Rockhouse Mileage: 5.0 miles Coordinate Construction with WV CFXCurrent Stage: No fundingPrivate Sector Partner : Bizzack Construction Company
21 Status: Corridor Q 460 Connector Phase I Mileage: milesBudget: $129 millionContract : $94 MillionTraditional Design BuildBegin Date: Summer 2009Anticipated Completion Date: June 2015Current Stage: Under constructionTallest Bridges in Virginia, 265 feetD-B: Bizzack Construction Company
23 Status: Corridor Q 460 Connector Phase II Mileage: 6.2 milesBudget: $125.4 (Rough Grade)Contract: $108 MillionContract Executed July 2013Coal Synergy ConstructionAnticipated Completion Date: Spring 2018Current Stage: Preliminary EngineeringPrivate Sector Partner: Bizzack Construction Company
24 Status: Finish Grade Contract Mileage: 8.5 milesHawks NestCFX/Q Connection460 Phase IICost Estimate: $52.3 millionTraditional Design Build Competitive ProcurementAnticipated Begin: Spring 2018Anticipated Completion: Summer 2020The current plan is to utilize the local access road to the Southern Gap Development site to maintain traffic flow until the final section of Corridor Q (Poplar Creek) is completed in 2021.
25 Coalfields Expressway Corridor Q QuestionsThe current plan is to utilize the local development road