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Fredericksburg District Delivers Project

John Andrew Twigg bridge constructionJuly 23, 2014: Work is complete on a two-year, $10.9 million bridge rehabilitation project at the John Andrew Twigg Bridge over the Piankatank River between Mathews and Middlesex counties in VDOT's Fredericksburg District.

Area resident Robert W. Klink, M.D., sent the following email to District Administrator Marcie Parker on the occasion of the bridge re-opening:

“Ms. Parker, I have crossed the Piankatank River Bridge twice daily, seven days a week for the last 23 months while the bridge was being refurbished. Hardly a day went by without a crew there doing their jobs. They persevered in all types of weather: snow, sleet, rain, high winds, very cold temperatures, warm-hot-muggy summer days. Very few days were missed due to the elements. Many a holiday I saw crews working as well.

"When possible they came early and left late. They poured concrete in the middle of the night. Your department endured a number of mal-intended pranks including moving barriers at night and filling the orange reflectors full of bullet holes. I want to congratulate the department and all the staff that made the project successful. JOB WELL DONE!”

Parker shared the email with the construction team. “This is a testament of our customer focus by having our customers see we are working as diligently as possible to minimize the disruption to the traveling public,” she wrote. “Great job to all involved.”


VDOT To The Rescue

State trooper and vehicleJune 16, 2014: A group of VDOT workers took on the role of first responders when they came upon a serious accident in the Staunton District in May.

Dwaine Ware of the Central Office maintenance division was driving along Route 42 in Augusta County when he came upon a car that had flipped on its side and came to rest against a fence. Then he spotted another VDOT vehicle driven by Jack Borden of the Staunton District equipment shop. 

Two emergency medical technicians arrived and needed help to reach the crash victim. Ware used the crane on his truck to stabilize the car so the unconscious driver could be reached. Borden called the nearby Swoope area headquarters which sent Greg Varner and Ron Simmons to provide traffic control.

The victim suffered serious injuries and was flown to the UVA Medical Center, but has since recovered.

Thanks for Going ORANGE for Work Zone Awareness!

VDOT Area Headquarters Employees Proudly Don Orange in Honor of Work Zone Crews and ContractorsApril 9, 2011: VDOT employees know the importance of Work Zone Awareness Week and they know how to show it.

On Wednesday, a sea of orange could be seen throughout every VDOT district, shop, residency, AHQ and TOC across the commonwealth.

From fingernails to hair-dos, T-shirts to dress ties, Hawaiian shirts to loud plaid, cone heads to a bi-plane, Hokies to Wahoos, and group shots to selfies, everyone caught the spirit the orange Work Zone Awareness Week spirit. Even Governor Terry McAuliffe and the First Lady got in on the act.

VDOT employees understand how costly it can be to get distracted in a work zone and let the world know by wearing orange to raise safety awareness.

Our crews and contractors have a tough job and all VDOT employees salute them with this small gesture. In doing so, they remind everyone to slow down, pay attention and save a life.

See who wore orange and how they did it on VDOT's very popular Flickr page.

Many thanks to the Communications Photo team for their tireless work around the clock taking, collecting, formatting and posting hundreds of photos!


Vigil for Our Fallen Colleagues

At the vigilApril 10, 2014: Last night, VDOT leadership and staff, surviving relatives, safety partners and several members of the media gathered at the breezy VDOT Workers' Memorial on Afton Mountain for a solemn, heart-touching vigil to remember those lost in work zones.

The annual vigil during Work Zone Awareness Week honors our fallen at the memorial that was built so family, friends and colleagues have a special place to reflect on their loss. The memorial, visible from nearby Interstate 64, also serves as a daily reminder to the traveling public of the sacrifices made by state highway transportation workers.

Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick, P.E., was joined by Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne, Culpeper District Administrator John Lynch, P.E., Executive Vice President of the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance Jeff Southard, Work Zone Safety Coordinator for the Culpeper and Staunton districts Forester Wright, Maj. Lenmuel Terry from the Virginia State Police and Executive Director Janet Brooking from Drive Smart Virginia to speak about the dangers and consequences of aggressive and distracted driving.

"I have passed this particular memorial many times and never thought to stop," said Secretary Layne. "But being here this evening, I think to myself about what I have missed. We see 133 names up here...133 too many. I know that motorists don't like to come up on a work zone...they see the orange cones and go, 'Oh no, what now?' But I want you to remember that the men and women wearing those hard hats and vests are out there making our lives better."

After the speakers, a traditional moment of silence was observed.

See more photos from the event on VDOT's Facebook page.


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