Hundreds Attend Contractor Open House

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Approximately 225 guests attended the open house event for DBE/SWaM contractors hosted by US 460 Mobility Partners and the Virginia Department of Transportation held in Suffolk on September 24. The event served as a kick-off for the newly named Commonwealth Connector design-build project.

Presentations were made by VDOT representatives Charlie Kilpatrick, Deputy Commissioner; Jim Utterback, Hampton Roads District Administrator; Grindly Johnson, Chief of Administration; and US 460 Mobility Partners representatives Ignacio Perez, CEO; Ed Hilferty, Vice President; Olayiwola Okesola, DBE/SWaM Manager; and Juan Jose De Torres, Procurement Manager.

The formal presentation on the Project was followed by a question and answer period where contractors were able to address inquiries to the panel. This was followed by a networking period where Project principals were able to meet contractors interested in partnering on this significant project.

Similar events are planned for future months leading up to the start of construction. Refer to www.CommConnector.com for notification of these events.

The Commonwealth Connector project is a 55-mile four-lane, divided, limited-access highway between Prince George County and Suffolk, Virginia that will parallel the existing U.S. Route 460. The Project will provide a safer alternative route for motorists throughout this heavily traveled segment of Virginia, reduce travel times through the region, open the region to economic development, and provide an alternative emergency evacuation route for residents and visitors. The Project is expected to create approximately 4,000 jobs through construction and 14,000 long-term jobs.