VDOT News - Richmond
Bob Spieldenner 804-524-6179
Sergeant Keeli Hill 804-840-0525
April 26, 2018
NEW JOINT OPERATIONS CENTER WILL ENHANCE TRAFFIC & CRISIS INCIDENT MANAGEMENT FOR RICHMOND REGION
SOUTH CHESTERFIELD, Va. - The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Virginia State Police (VSP) broke ground today on what will be the Richmond region’s first and only joint, state-agency, traffic and public safety operations center. The new, state-of-the-art, 85,000-square-foot facility will house several of VDOT’s Richmond District departments, including VDOT’s Richmond Traffic Operations Center, VSP’s Richmond Division Emergency Communications Center, and the administrative offices for the VSP Bureau of Field Operations’ (BFO) Richmond Division and VSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s (BCI) Richmond Field Office.
Co-locating VDOT and VSP in the same space will greatly enhance the critical flow of information and facilitate collaboration among agencies during an emergency or crisis. Supervisors from each agency will be able to share information instantaneously and directly, especially in relation to traffic incident management, which will greatly benefit the traveling public throughout the region.
“This new facility is the latest example of efforts at the state level to foster interagency teamwork while using the latest technology and innovation,” said Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. “Merging two major regional headquarters offices under one roof will broaden our capabilities as partners to serve citizens, improve safety and enhance quality of life.”
“Since 2008, the Northern Virginia region has benefitted from the success of the collaborative, multi-agency arrangement afforded by the McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center (MPSTOC) in Fairfax County,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. “Housing multiple emergency response agencies under one roof has helped decrease traffic backups and delays, as well as improved emergency response times, traffic conditions and the safety of our troopers and VDOT workers.”
In the joint operations center, VDOT will monitor road conditions and traffic signals, dispatch personnel for incident response and provide real-time traffic updates to travelers. The facility will manage more than 60 traffic cameras, 35 changeable message signs and 520 traffic signals.
The building will also house the engineering and administration functions for VDOT’s 14-county Richmond District.
“Our Richmond District employees are spread throughout several different buildings that date as far back as the 1930s. The new building will bring them together in one location and improve efficiency and teamwork,” said VDOT Commissioner Stephen Brich. “The new open work spaces at VDOT will foster employee connection, creativity, and an environment that will attract new talent and prepare us for tomorrow, which is so vital in the ever-changing transportation industry. The new operations center will also allow VDOT to collaborate even more closely with our State Police partners day and night.”
For VSP, the new facility replaces the existing Richmond Division Headquarters that was built in 1980 and is located in Glen Allen. The joint operations center will have the greatest impact on VSP dispatchers, whose current work space is very cramped and technologically outdated. Not only will the new building provide improved work space for state police administrative BFO functions and BCI personnel, but will also bring the two bureaus back under the same roof. The BCI Richmond Field Office has been located in Ashland for the past six years.
“In 2017, our Richmond Division troopers were dispatched to more than 190,000 incidents within the division’s 21 counties and four cities,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “A majority of those traffic incidents have us working side by side with VDOT, which we have been doing for years to best serve the needs of our communities and motorists. This new joint operations center will enable us to manage those incidents in a more efficient and effective capacity, which is a win-win for those living, working and traveling through the Metro-Richmond region.”
Construction is expected to be complete by Fall 2019 and the new facility will be located on the grounds of the current VDOT Richmond District office.
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