DMV News Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, May 30, 2014
Major Traffic Impact during Construction of New Power Station in Brunswick County
Delays Expected June through November Public-Private Partnership to Further VA Economic Development
RICHMOND - Beginning next week, residents in Brunswick and Greensville Counties and the City of Emporia could experience significant traffic impacts as very large pieces of equipment are transported to the construction site of the new Dominion Virginia Power Station in Brunswick County.
Dominion Virginia Power is building a 1,358-megawatt, natural gas fueled power station near Lawrenceville in Brunswick County. The power station will serve growing customer demand and replace electricity from aging coal-fired power stations that are being retired for economic and environmental reasons. The station will serve about 325,000 homes. Commercial service is expected to begin in the summer of 2016. This new Dominion power station will result in hundreds of jobs and pump millions of dollars into the local economy while saving customers money on their power bills.
The next phase will involve a series of "superload" moves to transport massive pieces of equipment, including generators and turbines, approximately 17 miles from Toll Brother's Rail Yard located at 750 Industrial Parkway, Emporia, 23847 in Greensville County to the construction site. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Dominion Virginia Power are working together with the affected localities to coordinate these moves.
The first move is scheduled for Monday, June 2, 2014 with another move expected later that week. Routes 58 in Brunswick County, Greensville County and the City of Emporia as well as Route 301 and Interstate 95 in Greensville County and the City of Emporia will be impacted. Several pieces of equipment will need to travel in the oncoming lane of traffic and at times take up the entire roadway including the shoulder during transport. Drivers should be prepared to use alternate routes, if necessary. The ramp from I-95 north to Route 301 (Exit 12) will be closed from approximately 9 to11 p.m. and the ramps from I-95 north and south to Highway 58 (Exit 11 A and B) will be closed from approximately 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Delays are expected on I-95 north and south during these times.*
The majority of these moves going forward will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. to minimize traffic impact; however, residents are urged to be aware and make necessary adjustments. DMV law enforcement is leading the traffic coordination with support from local agencies.
"This first superload move is a visual example of how transportation and commerce must work hand in hand to drive economic development," said Aubrey Layne, Secretary of Transportation. "I'm delighted to see two of the agencies I oversee working with the private sector and local governments to make these needed moves possible."
DMV and VDOT work closely to issue nearly 100,000 hauling permits each year with minimum impact to citizens. This move of large pieces of equipment through several rural areas is unique.
"DMV and VDOT have been meeting with all affected parties since February to make sure these moves happen as safely and seamlessly as possible," said DMV Commissioner, Richard D. Holcomb. "The safety and well being of the public will continue to be our primary focus as we move forward."
More than 60 pieces of equipment including a gas turbine, steam turbine and several types of generators will be moved from June through at least November of this year. Due to the variables of weather, construction progress, and additional unforeseen impacts, exact transport dates are a moving target.
*The seventeen mile "superload" moves will travel through the City of Emporia, Greensville and Brunswick counties. The first move is scheduled for Monday, June 2, 2014 with another move expected later that week. Between 9 p.m. on June 2 and 5 a.m. on June 3, the load will travel from Industrial Parkway in Emporia to Route 301 south, then to Highway 58 west to the Brunswick Power Plant, located on Governor Harrison Parkway in Freeman. Additionally, the ramp from I-95 north to Route 301 (Exit 12) will be closed from approximately 9 to11 p.m. and the ramps from I-95 north and south to Highway 58 (Exit 11 A and B) will be closed from approximately 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Delays are expected on I-95 north and south, Highway 58 and Route 301 during these times. Drivers should prepare to use alternate routes around the move. Several pieces of equipment will need to travel in the oncoming lane of traffic and at times take up the entire roadway, including the shoulder, during transport.