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.


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.

Nighttime Interstate 81 lane closures in Augusta County July 27-30

Paving operations will continue on northbound Interstate 81 between exit 227 and the Middle River bridge, between mile markers 228 and 237 for crossover paving, and at the ramps at exit 235 in Augusta County. Nighttime northbound single lane closures for shoulder work is scheduled between Exit 227 and the Middle River bridge.  Work will be performed on Sunday, July 26, 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. the…

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Route 29 Solutions Traffic Alerts: Week of July 27-31

The following work is scheduled, weather permitting, on the Route 29 corridor in Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville during the upcoming week. Speed limits may be reduced and traffic movements may be restricted within highway work zones. (NEW) or (UPDATE) indicate revisions since last week’s report. (UPDATE) Route 29/250 Bypass interchange – Contractor is performing excavation work…

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I-73 effort gets a boost #vagov #vapol
Cooperation between localities in pushing for Interstate 73 is vital if the highway is to ever be built, according to state Sen. Bill Stanley and Henry County Administrator Tim Hall.

Cooperation between localities in pushing for Interstate 73 is vital if the highway is to ever be built, according to state Sen. Bill Stanley and Henry County Administrator Tim Hall.

That is why a new coalition formed by Henry, Franklin and Roanoke counties and the cities of Martinsville and Roanoke is important, they said.

Although I-73 has been in the discussion and planning stages for more than 20 years, with people in the localities pushing state and federal officials to build the highway, this is the first real push by the localities themselves, Hall said.

“Regionalism is important,” said Stanley, R-Glade Hill. “If these localities aren’t working together, the federal and state governments won’t show interest in moving the project forward.

”Now, the localities will “speak with one voice, a strong voice, to show why we need I-73,” he said.

The highway is to eventually stretch from South Carolina’s Grand Strand to Michigan. Its Virginia portion is to start at the North Carolina line and stretch through Henry and Franklin counties on its way to the Roanoke Valley.

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~ Martinsville Bulletin

Culpeper District Traffic Alerts for July 27-31

The following highway work is scheduled, weather permitting, in the Culpeper District during the upcoming week. Traffic movements may be restricted and speed limits reduced in work zones. (NEW) or (UPDATE) indicate revisions since last week’s report. Culpeper District traffic information is also available on Twitter at @VaDOTCulp and on VDOT’s website…

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CTB awards $6.3 million to improve Accomack County road

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — The Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a contract Wednesday to widen Route 709, also known as Horntown Road.

E.V. Williams Inc. of Virginia Beach, Va. was awarded the contract to improve the road in Accomack County.

According to Virginia Department of Transportation, the project will begin at Route 13 (Lankford Highway) and end at Route 679 (Fleming Road) for a…

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