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VDOT and Cities Form Partnerships

August 03, 2004

Hampton, Richmond and Virginia Beach have become the first three cities in Virginia to take over the management of their local road construction programs from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). State legislation passed last year allows cities and towns to assume the administration and responsibility for improvements to their street networks.

“This initiative set by Governor Mark Warner makes good business sense,” said VDOT Commissioner Philip Shucet. “It is part of the Governor’s ongoing efforts to strengthen local and regional decision making. Localities already determine the priorities for nearly half of Virginia’s transportation program. The next logical step is for cities and towns to manage their local projects, while VDOT provides oversight and technical assistance.”

In order to make a smooth transition, VDOT held a series of workshops on federal and state laws, including environmental regulations, civil rights issues, design standards and other matters pertaining to road construction. The workshops were a team effort between VDOT, the Federal Highway Administration and the localities.

VDOT traditionally has managed all aspects of road projects for cities and towns across the state with few exceptions. VDOT’s urban construction program includes 81 cities and towns and accounts for approximately $106 million in allocations for 2004-2005. This is the first year localities have the opportunity to manage their entire construction program – such as road building and widening. This does not include interstate projects, which VDOT manages.

VDOT is responsible for building, maintaining and operating the state’s roads, bridges and tunnels. VDOT manages over 57,000 miles of roadway statewide – the third largest state-maintained network in the country.

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