News Briefs

Lynchburg Employees Stitch Together Community Effort

Kimberly McMahan and hatsFeb. 10, 2016: Paula Jones, VDOT's Lynchburg District communications manager, is a big supporter of cancer awareness and research groups. 

When she saw that the Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center in Lynchburg was in need of knit or crocheted hats, she considered pulling out a crochet hook that she hadn’t tried using in decades. She then remembered a conversation she recently had with Lynchburg land use engineer Kimberly McMahan (right).  

Kimberly had mentioned how much she loves to crochet but that she was running out of things that family members and friends needed or wanted. Paula asked her to help support the cancer center. 

That’s when they formed a partnership. Paula contributed money for the materials and Kimberly started crocheting.

“I feel good because something that is important to me benefits while Kimberly is able to support the center and do something she loves,” Paula said. “It is a win-win!”


Crews Rescue Motorist from Fiery Crash

Willoughby Bridge rescue sceneJan. 14, 2016: Virginia Department of Transportation's ​Hampton Roads District crew members pulled an injured motorist from her wrecked vehicle following a fiery crash in Norfolk on Dec. 29. 

Seven vehicles were involved in the crash on the Willoughby Bay Bridge, which resulted in two vehicle fires, multiple injuries and forced the closing of Interstate 64 East at the Willoughby Bridge for more than three hours.

Crew Leader Bridge-Tunnel Ronald Varnell, Crew Leader Bridge-Tunnel Kevin Wright and Robert Lyons of Tidewater Express, a VDOT tow contractor, pulled the injured driver of the Nissan Altima to safety.

Crew members said several of the vehicles became engulfed in flames and smoke. Fortunately, there were no life-threatening injuries.


Painted Plows

Painted snow plows from Wilson Memorial HighDec. 23, 2015: ​Dozens of art students in the Shenandoah Valley applied their talents to a unique canvas – a VDOT snow plow. 

The Staunton District’s Harrisonburg Residency partnered with public schools in Rockingham and Augusta counties to give four plows a pre-winter makeover.

In Rockingham, students from Ottobine Elementary painted a plow with snowflakes, handprints and their school’s otter mascot. The Pleasant Valley Elementary plow was adorned with a large snowman and “PVES Panthers.” 

Students at both of these schools met with crew members from Mount Crawford Area Headquarters, who offered tours of their trucks when they picked up the painted plows.

In Augusta, art students from Wilson Memorial High School created a colorful scene (right) with a mischievous snowman hurling a snowball. 

Kids from nearby Wilson Middle bucked the frosty trend by painting a tropical scene, complete with their hornet mascot riding a wave.

The two Rockingham plows – and the children who painted them – were in the Bridgewater Christmas Parade on Dec. 12. 

The painted plows are slated to go in service, but perhaps a mild winter will spare the artwork.


Touch A Truck

Touch a Truck team from VDOTNov. 30, 2015: VDOT's Richmond District participated in the Junior League of Richmond’s 10th annual Touch a Truck at the Richmond International Raceway in Henrico County earlier this month. 

Each year, this unique and interactive event allows children to see, touch and safely explore their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery, as well as to meet the personnel who protect, serve and build the Richmond community. 

Vehicles on display included tractors, backhoes, emergency responders, tractor-trailers, utility trucks and helicopters.

Transportation Operations Manager Reggie Patterson Jr., crew leader David Minor and crew member Anthony Cotman (at right) of the Elko Area Headquarters greeted and interacted with approximately 2,000 attendees despite persistent rain. 

The Elko team represented VDOT well, educating patrons about dump trucks and pickup trucks.

Proceeds from the event, totaling $52,000, will go to support the Junior League of Richmond’s community programs.


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