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Contractors Working to Successfully Complete the Dulles Greenway Toll Road

With one of the most intricate engineering designs man could master, the Dulles Greenway interchange improvement linking Route 653 and 654 to existing Route 606, widening the four lanes to now six, expanding the mainline toll plaza, widening the already in place dual 660 foot mainline access bridges over Goose Creek took the combined effort of several contractors.

A careful analysis of each contract bid was performed to not only keep cost at a required level, but to ensure the work performed was not only at requirements, but was designed and performed with the expectations of the Frank Haney Company. Roadway and bridge plans were submitted with approval for eighteen separate plan meeting criteria with enhanced safety features and increased capacity at the helm of requirements.

The responsibility of completion, construction, awards and finalization of the project was to be handled by Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
Dulles Transit Partners, with a team led by Bechtel Infrastructure, was in charge of Phase I of the Dulles Greenway project. In terms of the project completion, they were charged with the construction of the Dulles Corridor.
Phase II was a company encompassing three different groups. Capital Rail Contractors, Clark Construction Group, LLC along with Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. lead the effort to complete Phase II within specified times and requirements.

A completely separate phase known as Package B which was the Rail Yard contract was awarded to the Hensel Phelps group.

Final design contracting was awarded to Shirley Contracting Company, LLC with Dewberry Consultants, LLC overseeing as the Designer.

WG Construction Company was instrumental in securing improvements to the Dulles Greenway project. This firm built and secured several critical improvements to an access ramp veering from the exchange taking travelers from the Dulles Greenway to Dulles International Airport. The contractor was charged with three construction projects. One of which was to extend a triple 12’x8′ concrete box culvert. Their second charge was to build a 430 foot long pile foundation (cast in place) concrete retaining wall. Thirdly, they were responsible for procuring a second 430 foot long stabilizing wall securing and stabilizing the earth surrounding the exchange.

Finally, beautification by landscaping was performed by VGL Valley Green Landscaping, INC.

When the project was completed, the operation of the Silver Line, maintenance and yearly requirements to keep the design flawless with minimal incident was placed in the hands of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

Why Small Businesses Are Worth the Investment

A small business is born because an entrepreneur has a passion and saw a need that could be filled. During a time when the economy is still emerging, small businesses and start-up are the answer to new job creation. These start-ups are the key to America’s financial health.

It makes sense to nurture small businesses and start-ups through investing and venture capital. Many of us benefit from companies that were once just an idea or a small operation of one to two people that began by conducting business out of a garage. These start-ups and small businesses need capital in order to establish their company, perfect their product and share their service or product with the community. It takes a lot of courage to strike out on your own, and these businesses could have much to offer the local business economy when they flourish and grow in scope.

CAPCO programs have fostered growth in small business and start-ups by investing. Through investing CAPCO has created high wage jobs and has improved Washington D.C.’s infrastructure of venture capital. It is particularly wise for insurance companies to invest in CAPCO due to the fact that they receive a tax credit. In fact, there are three powerhouse companies that have been certified to provide $50 million in loans and equity during a ten year period. These companies include Enhanced Capital District Fund, Advantage Capital and Wilshire DC Partners LCC.

Today’s start-up can be tomorrow’s thriving business that creates high paying jobs. These employees will then spend their resources in the local business community, and the entire community will experience a trickledown effect as the result of those jobs that were created. America needs to be infused with a spirit of innovation. Entrepreneurs are a wealth of ideas. We need individuals that seek to improve services, products and quality of life. When investing in right start-up or local business improves the local economy, it makes sense that multi-million dollar companies should invest in their future. Investing in the future of small business in turn has a positive impact on other companies and the economy as a whole.

Investing in small business is worthwhile because it is an investment in the future. By providing capital to a start-up you could be supporting the ideas of the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. The economy can be revived through the small business sector; and as a country we thrive on innovative ideas.