Groundbreaking for New Access Road at MECC

Wise, VA – Wise County Board of Supervisors joined Mountain Empire Community College President Dr. Scott Hamilton and other dignitaries on March 6 for a groundbreaking ceremony for the college’s new access road.  The ceremony was held in the Goodloe Center and celebrated the beginning of construction on a new second entrance to the campus.

The project has been one of the most anticipated additions to the college.  The second access road to the campus along U.S. route 23 was approved in 2012. The road, to be constructed approximately 1/3 mile south of the existing main entrance, will provide an additional entrance to the college as well as alleviate traffic congestion. The Wise County Board of Supervisors are very proud to announce that the cost of this New Access Road, both design and construction, is paid for by local Wise County Coal Severance Money. This is one of many projects that the Board has seen completed using this source of revenue. The primary goal is to reduce the number of vehicular accidents at the main entrance. Construction of the new road, which will be named College Way, should begin in March 2013. The road will be open to traffic by the end of 2013.

Dr. Hamilton welcomed guests to the ceremony and Wise County Administrator Shannon Scott introduced speakers, Ms. Virginia Meador, Mr. J.H. Rivers, and Mr. Darrell Stapleton.  Ms. Meador is Vice Chair of the Wise County Board of Supervisors and Board Member from District 3.  Mr. Rivers is a Board Member from District 3 and Chairman of the Wise County Coal Severance Committee.  Mr. Stapleton is Vice President of Engineering for Thompson & Litton, the firm which designed the project.

Thompson & Litton was chosen by the Wise County Board of Supervisors to provide transportation engineering services, which includes the planning, design, and construction management for the second entrance road from US Route 23 to the Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap.

Engineering services include roadway design, required crossover and turning/storage lanes on U.S. Route 23, hydraulics, surveying, project management and environmental design and coordination. The project requires an Erosion & Sediment Control and Storm Water Management Plan and related construction contract administration support.

Thompson & Litton is an award winning engineering, architectural, surveying, and construction administration firm founded in 1956 in Wise, VA, where its headquarters remains.  For a half century, T&L has provided professional services and now has offices located in Wise, Radford, Tazewell, Clintwood, and Chilhowie, Virginia; and Bristol, Tennessee.  Thompson & Litton values its reputation with many local, state and federal government clients, and private enterprise clients that it currently serves in Virginia, Tennessee, and West Virginia.  The firm has a staff of 117 employees.  T&L is listed on the 2012 Virginia Business Magazine List of Leaders as the 17th largest engineering, architectural and surveying firm in Virginia. The firm is a Virginia SWaM certified Small Business Enterprise and has federal small business status as a HUBZone with the SBA.

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