Michelle Earl 276-696-3283
June 7, 2017
Paving season brings opportunity for scammers
BRISTOL— During summertime paving season, contractors for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be busy paving highways throughout the 12-County Bristol District. One thing those contractors will not be doing is paving driveways along the way.
“When approached to have a driveway sealed or paved while highway work is going on nearby is a big red flag,” said Mike Branham, VDOT Maintenance Engineer. “VDOT’s contractors do not offer door-to-door services while working to improve Virginia’s highways.”
VDOT offers the following tips to residents:
- Reputable companies typically do not sell door-to-door and rarely do paving companies have leftover material because they know with great accuracy how much material is needed.
- Always ask for a business card and take the time to make sure the company is legitimate with a good reputation.
- Never pay for services before they are completed.
- If someone tries to pressure you into a purchase, most likely they aren’t a legitimate business.
- If you think you are getting scammed, get a name, license plate number and phone number if possible to report the incident to local law enforcement.
This summer, VDOT will spend approximately $56 million to pave interstate, primary and secondary roadways in the 12-county Bristol District. For more information about VDOT’s paving program, visit http://www.virginiaroads.org and click on maintenance and construction.
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.