Did you know? Virginia has the third largest system of state-run highways in the United States. Texas and North Carolina are larger.

Source: Jason Bond, VDOT spokesman

Carpool/Toll Lanes Contract To Add Thousands Of New Jobs In VA

The Virginia Department of Transportation has signed an agreement in principle with Fluor-Transurban on building more high-occupancy vehicle/high-occupancy toll (HOV/HOT) lanes on Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia.

VDOT and the company have established major tenets of a contract, a step that enables them to finalize the details of a $940 million deal.

Gov. Bob McDonnell said that, during construction, the project will create nearly 8,000 jobs and generate $2 billion in economic activity.

The project is being constructed under Virginia’s Public-Private Transportation Act.  Fluor-Transurban will provide $843 million in financing while the state will contribute $97 million.

Construction activities may begin as early as next spring.

Early morning rainstorm causes more problems for VDOT

Beltway traffic was snarled for a second morning in a row as an unexpected early morning rain washed away a temporary exit ramp that VDOT constructed overnight.

Following the temporary signs (that for some reason did not wash away) leading to the now nonexistent ramp, commuters found nowhere to go, forcing them to merge back into traffic which in turn led to gridlock.

“We considered replacing the signs,” says a VDOT spokesman, “but we were concerned that might temporarily slow down traffic for like 30 minutes.”

As of noon today, morning commuters are still making their way to work.

Lynchburg VDOT District Traffic Alert: May 11-15

Lynchburg VDOT District Traffic Alert: May 11-15

Highway work in the Lynchburg VDOT District requiring road/lane./structure closures is scheduled, weather permitting.  Traffic may be restricted.  Items in italics contain new/updated information.  For up-to-date information, call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org.

Amherst County: Don Austin, Residency Administrator

Route 501/130 (Snowden) – Traffic controls and flaggers in use during…

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Citizens are asked to be patient and use precaution when traveling

SUFFOLK—Almost 24-hours after Hurricane Irene swept through the area, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) employee and contractor crews continue to work 12-hour shifts in order to remove debris from the region’s roadways. All bridges, interstates and state-maintained primary routes have been cleared in Hampton Roads. However, VDOT will continue its efforts in clearing secondary routes, specifically in James City County, Greensville, York and Southampton counties.
Beginning this Wednesday, August 30, VDOT will remove vegetative debris from state maintained right-of-ways in area counties. Crews will pick up trees, branches and leaves in the counties of Greensville, Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, and York. Debris must be placed on the roadway edge away from power lines and other utilities. VDOT will not dispose of construction, household or hazardous materials. You can find out how to dispose of these items by visiting www.VPPSA.org.
The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry operation has resumed service at a reduced capacity and on a limited schedule during daylight hours only until further notice. At this time, VDOT is only operating the maximum 50-vehicle capacity Williamsburg. For an update on ferry operations, call 800-VAFERRY.
Wide-spread power outages have resulted in operational malfunctions of the electronic variable message signs throughout the region’s highway network. Dominion Power is working to restore power to the affected areas, and as they make repairs sign functions will be restored.

Due to lack of power, many traffic signals also remain non-operational. Motorists are encouraged to use special caution when approaching such intersections. When nearing a signalized intersection where the signal is not operating, motorists should treat the intersection as a four-way stop.

Interstate and primary route construction activities have been suspended until Monday, August 29, 2011, at 8 p.m. VDOT is delaying non-emergency roadwork to facilitate an increase in traffic as motorists return to the Hampton Roads area.

In Southampton County, VDOT is working with local officials to monitor the Blackwater and Nottoway river levels for potential flooding. Should flooding occur, crews are on standby and have plans to put detours in place.
Even though crews are actively cleaning roads, citizens are encouraged to call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report downed trees, flooding and road hazards. Agents are available 24-hours a day to answer customer questions and record reports.
Those returning to Hampton Roads are asked to remember that a large amount of damage also occurred outside of the region and could possibly impact motorists travel back to the area. VDOT advises travelers to visit www.511Virginia.org , call 511 or the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016, or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 610 AM to learn more about road closures. Hampton Roads traffic information is also available on Twitter #511HamptonRoads.

Hampton Roads schools participating in Bike to School Day

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – Wednesday is National Bike to School Day and Hampton Roads has an impressive showing of local schools participating in the active, green commute!

Schools, parents, towns and public health and transportation organizations, among others, are organizing bike trains, group rides and other activities to highlight and celebrate the benefits of choosing safe, student-powered…

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The justification for building an expensive, interstate-level U.S. 460 rested on the ideas that a new road would help more people escape a major hurricane and make it easier to move goods to and from the west.

Neither of those conditions will be satisfied now that the state has formally canceled the $1.4 billion plan to build a toll road between Suffolk and Petersburg.

The 55-mile original idea - which former Gov. Bob McDonnell and other administration officials pushed relentlessly despite warnings that it couldn’t win environmental approval - has already cost the state more than $250 million without laying a single mile of new asphalt.

The state now is attempting to make something of those millions as part of a deal to scale back the original U.S. 460 project to a 17-mile road between Suffolk and Zuni.

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~ The Virginian-Pilot

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VDOT: Shenandoah Avenue in Elkton to close May 4-8 for railroad crossing work

VDOT: Shenandoah Avenue in Elkton to close May 4-8 for railroad crossing work

Shenandoah Avenue (Route 1706) in the Rockingham County town of Elkton will be closed to through traffic from Monday, May 4 to Friday, May 8 for railroad crossing maintenance. Drivers will have access to commercial and residential properties on both sides of the rail line, but the crossing will be closed 24 hours a day until the work is complete.

The following detours will guide motorists around…

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Staunton VDOT District Traffic Alerts: May 4-8

Staunton VDOT District Traffic Alerts: May 4-8

The following is a list of highway work that might affect traffic in the Staunton VDOT transportation district during the coming weeks. The Staunton district is comprised of 11 counties: Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Page, Warren and Clarke. Work scheduled is subject to change due to inclement weather and material supplies. Motorists are…

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Funny take on a boring topic. Hats off, VDOT.