News Briefs

VDOT Hosts House of Delegate Pages for an Amazing Race

Pages and Tinker toysFeb. 17, 2017: The VDOT Human Resources Division Talent Management team hosted House of Delegate pages for an Amazing Race on Feb. 13.

The middle school-aged pages traveled to timed, interactive stations where they participated in bridge building with Tinkertoys, controlling a traffic light, viewing cameras on the 511 Virginia website and extinguishing a simulated fire. 

They also played the “Price is Right” to identify costs for equipment such as cones and a dump truck.

“The students learned that VDOT’s work is fun. The activities were fast-paced, interactive and appealing to middle-schoolers,” Pipeline Programs Manager Pamela Koger-McElwain said.

Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick welcomed the students, and Deputy Secretary of Transportation Grindly Johnson encouraged them to take advantage of every opportunity.


Under Promise, Over Deliver

Wagon Trail Road bridgeFeb. 15, 2017: When residents off Wagon Trail Road (Route 643) in Amherst County in the Lynchburg District learned “their bridge” would be closed for replacement for up to a month, requiring a 12-mile detour, they contacted VDOT, the county and the media.

The closure was delayed twice by weather, allowing residents to continue using the bridge. 

The delays also allowed VDOT to get materials on site and do extra preparation. 

The structure closed on Jan. 17 and the bridge crew got to work. 

Despite cold, wet weather, the guardrail installer was in place on Jan. 20 to complete the job and the road was reopened that afternoon.

“The job was not rushed,” said Dale R. Totten, district maintenance engineer. “It was done with consideration to the needs and concerns of local residents and our commitment to address a deficient structure. The work was thought out, organized and well executed. I commend the state force bridge crew, Project Manager Todd Moore and others involved for their forethought and diligence. They did it right!”


Top Technician Recognized

Bruce SatterwhiteFeb. 9, 2017: Bruce Satterwhite, right, works as a technician in the Hampton Roads District’s Accomac Shop, where you can find him welding, fabricating parts or working on any piece of equipment. 

Recently, District Equipment Manager John Wilson surprised Bruce at the Accomac Residency and announced he won "Technician of the Year for Public Fleets," an honor awarded by the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP).

Satterwhite's supervisor, Gary Lewis, said Satterwhite is one of the best technicians he's ever worked with. 

He will travel to Las Vegas in March to be formally recognized during a special luncheon at the AEMP's 35th management conference and annual meeting. 


Arlington Interchange Accumulates Accolades

InterchangeFeb. 1, 2017: Awards keep adding up for the Washington Boulevard/Columbia Pike interchange project in Arlington.

The project team received awards for excellence in engineering and in construction at the Design-Build Institute of America’s Mid-Atlantic meeting in November, as well as DBIA’s National Award of Merit earlier in the month. 

The project was also honored in the spring for excellence in infrastructure by the Heavy Construction Contractors Association.

The $46 million project was completed in December 2015. The new bridge carrying Washington Boulevard over Columbia Pike is wider and longer than the original bridge built in 1942.

In September 2015, Gov. Terry McAuliffe dedicated the crossing as the “Freedmans Village Bridge,” in honor of the historic community that once occupied the surrounding land and was a refuge for freed and fugitive slaves during the Civil War. 

Custom artwork on the bridge commemorates the naming.



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