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CTB Endorses Open Access

March 24, 2005

The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) this week passed a resolution to make certain that the public will continue to have open access to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) performance in the years to come.

Currently, the public can go to the online Dashboard and see in one glance the daily status of VDOT’s construction projects. By visiting www.VDOT.Virginia.gov, it is possible to find out which construction projects are on time or running late and who to contact. The same information regarding project budgets is also available. The Dashboard has been online since March 2003.

“We want to keep the Dashboard on for good regardless of what happens in future administrations,” said Transportation Secretary Whitt Clement. “By passing a resolution to make the Dashboard an official and valuable way of providing information to the public, there is no turning back.”

“We opened our doors so the public can monitor our daily project performance,” said VDOT Commissioner Philip Shucet. “It’s all out there, the good and the bad. The public has a right to know how their money is being spent. With citizens keeping a close eye on us, we will be a better agency in the long run.”

In July, the Dashboard will move a big step further and show the latest information on VDOT’s performance with maintenance projects, plans, studies, finances, safety and operations.

The Dashboard has served as an early warning system for project managers to get their projects back on track since early 2003. As a result, VDOT’s performance with delivering projects on time and on budget has greatly improved. Four years ago, the department was completing fewer than 20 percent of its projects on time. For the first half of fiscal year 2005, the department completed 74 percent of construction projects on time and 82 percent within budget.

The CTB plans to approve additional resolutions to make other good business practices, such as the Dashboard, official and permanent.

VDOT is responsible for building, maintaining and operating Virginia’s roads, bridges and tunnels. Virginia has the third largest state-maintained highway system in the country, just behind Texas and North Carolina.

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