VDOT, cities form partnerships

News VDOT July 02, 2004
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Hampton, Richmond and Virginia Beach have become the first three cities in Virginia to take over the management of their local

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. 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 Gov. Mark Warner makes good business sense," said VDOT Commissioner Philip Shucet. "It is part of his 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 has traditionally 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 2004-05. 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.



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