Work progressing on Virginia’s $25M Capitol Square tunnel
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A second phase of work on an approximately $25 million tunnel to connect Virginia’s Capitol with a nearby building that will house lawmakers’ offices has begun.
Fencing recently went up near the Capitol in Richmond as the project entered its second dig phase, said Dena Potter, a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of General Services.
The project has gone smoothly so far, with the 600-foot-long tunnel expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2023, Potter said.
The General Assembly authorized $25 million for the tunnel in 2020. Potter said that appropriation is expected to cover the project’s cost.
Lawmakers said at the time the funding was approved that the tunnel would make it easier for the general public to get around Capitol Square without having to go through multiple security checkpoints.
Also under construction nearby is a new General Assembly Building, which will house legislative offices and committee rooms. The former building, which was demolished, was a patchwork of different structures and had problems with asbestos and mold.
“It should be complete in the fourth quarter of 2022 and ready to go for the 2023 General Assembly session, if not sooner,” Potter wrote in an email about the new building.