March 7, 2022
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Work is poised to begin on a multiyear infrastructure project that will significantly improve drainage in a flood-prone, one-mile section of Otterdale Road.
Beginning Monday, March 14, Otterdale Road will be closed at Horsepen Creek to allow for replacement of two undersized culverts with a two-span bridge. The roadway also will be raised by approximately eight feet at the bridge approach; other planned improvements include regrading the stream channel, enhancing shoulders and roadside drainage ditches and adding stormwater management facilities.
The affected stretch of roadway is scheduled to remain inaccessible until October 2022, requiring residents who live nearby to use an alternate route to access their neighborhoods. The Chesterfield Department of Transportation (CDOT) has erected detour signs in the area to help guide motorists for the duration of the closure period.
Horsepen Creek is the first of three Otterdale Road crossings that will be reconstructed as part of the $26.2 million project, which will be funded with a combination of county-issued bonds, cash proffers and savings from other transportation initiatives. Subsequent phases of construction will include improvements at Blackman Creek and Otterdale Branch, respectively.
Work at all three crossings is expected to be completed by May 2024.
In March 2020, CDOT completed a high-level drainage study of five Otterdale Road crossings that are prone to flooding: Otterdale Branch, Horsepen Creek, Blackman Creek, Swift Creek and Tomahawk Creek. Included in the each of the studies were findings and recommendations.
Then a historic rainfall event occurred in Chesterfield in August 2020, dumping more than 10 inches of precipitation on parts of the county over a 24-hour period and causing extensive flooding along Otterdale Road.
The following month, the Board of Supervisors approved the sale of $30 million in bonds to finance drainage improvements to three Otterdale Road crossings and other parts of the county that historically experience flooding issues during periods of heavy rain.
CDOT received a green light from the board last September to continue with preliminary design for the Otterdale Road project and proceed with right-of-way acquisitions, utility relocations and solicitation for construction contracts.
At its Jan. 26 meeting, the board authorized the award of a $17.9 million design-build contract to Kokosing Construction Company, Inc., an Ohio-based company that was selected by the county to reconstruct the Otterdale Road crossings.
Chesterfield received four best value design-build proposals. Based on a combination of its technical proposal and price proposal, Kokosing scored highest of the four with a total of 88.23 points out of 100.
County leaders and staff have conducted multiple community meetings about the upcoming work. Information about the project is available at otterdaleroaddrainageimprovements.com.