Fluor used a public-private partnership approach for the Pocahontas Parkway Connector, which was the first capital project under The Commonwealth of Virginia Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995. This legislation allows innovative financing of projects on which private developers and the state collaborate.
During the three-year development period, Fluor raised private capital funding and employed an innovative use of tax-exempt bond financing to make the project possible, while fostering local support and obtaining agency clearances.
Project activities included utility relocations, wetland mitigation, right-of-way property acquisition, and permitting in addition to design and construction. Construction began in 1998, with site staffing peaking at 600 workers. The eastbound lanes opened in May 2002, and the westbound lanes, four months later.