2009 News Releases - Statewide

Dec. 22, 2009
VDOT SUSPENDS LANE RESTRICTIONS FOR HOLIDAY TRAVELERS
Snow and ice removal continues throughout Virginia

Dec. 21, 2009
VDOT CREWS TURNING FOCUS TO SECONDARY ROADS AND SUBDIVISIONS
Motorists Asked to Be Patient As Crews Work 24/7 to Make Roads Passable

Dec. 20, 2009
VDOT WORKS TO GET TRAFFIC MOVING
Agency advises motorists to avoid Interstate 81 North and Route 29

Dec. 19, 2009
VDOT URGES MOTORISTS TO STAY OFF ROADS
Roads across the commonwealth considered dangerous

Dec. 19, 2009
VDOT FORCES CONTINUE TO ADDRESS WEEKEND WINTER STORM
Major Travel Delays Are Still Being Experienced On I-81 and I-77 Corridor

Dec. 19, 2009
VDOT URGES MOTORISTS TO STAY OFF ROADS
Roads across the state considered dangerous as major winter storm continues to roll through

Dec. 17, 2009
VDOT FORCES READY FOR WEEKEND WINTER STORM
Drivers urged to use 511 in advance of travels and make way for snow removal efforts

Dec. 17, 2009
COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD APPROVES MEASURES TO ADDRESS $893.5 MILLION IN TRANSPORTATION REVENUE REDUCTIONS
Adopts Revised Fiscal Years 2010 – 2015 Six-Year Improvement Program

Dec. 16, 2009
HRBT INDEPENDENT REVIEW PANEL REPORT RELEASED
VDOT issues action plan to address recommendations

Dec. 4, 2009
VDOT PREPARED FOR WEEKEND SNOW AND ICE
Drivers reminded to use caution and plan ahead for this weekend’s winter storm

Nov. 20, 2009
VDOT SUSPENDS LANE CLOSURES FOR THANKSGIVING TRAVEL
Six-year study shows highest congestion times on interstates

Nov. 18, 2009
COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD RECEIVES PROPOSALS TO ADDRESS $851.5 MILLION IN TRANSPORTATION REVENUE REDUCTIONS
Considers Draft Revised Fiscal Years 2010 – 2015 Six-Year Improvement Program

Nov. 12, 2009
VDOT URGES MOTORISTS TO PLAN AHEAD AND USE CAUTION AS TROPICAL STORM MOVES THROUGH VIRGINIA
Visit 511 Virginia and VirginiaDOT.org for Latest Closures and Safety Tips

Nov. 9, 2009
VDOT PREPARED FOR SNOW AND ICE
Safety remains top priority during winter driving season

Nov. 6, 2009
COMMONWEALTH CONSIDERS REVISIONS TO SIX-YEAR IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Public Input Sought on Proposed Six-Year Improvement Program

Oct. 15, 2009
COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD ADVANCES 120 STIMULUS PROJECTS WORTH $58 MILLION

Oct. 2, 2009
VDOT MEETS OR EXCEEDS ALL PROJECT COMPLETION AND BUDGET GOALS FOR SECOND TIME
Final report for Fiscal Year 2009 released

Aug. 31, 2009
LANE CLOSURES LIFTED FOR LABOR DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Drivers should buckle up, pay attention for safe travel

Aug. 6, 2009
VDOT APPOINTS TUNNEL REVIEW PANEL
Initial Review Panel Meeting Set for Aug. 10

July 31, 2009
DOWNTOWN TUNNEL/MIDTOWN TUNNEL/MLK EXTENSION PPTA PROJECT ADVANCES TO INTERIM AGREEMENT
Transportation Commissioner Approves Next Phase of Procurement

July 27, 2009
VDOT BEGINS FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE REDUCTIONS
Agency Issues Approximately 600 Layoff Notices As It Works to Meet Staffing Targets

July 20, 2009
REST AREA CLOSURES TO BEGIN TONIGHT

July 16, 2009
VDOT OFFERS LIVE ONLINE STREAMING VIDEO OF CONTRACT BID LETTING
Online Bidding Process Increases Customer Service, Openness and Competition

July 16, 2009
VDOT NAMES ACTING BRISTOL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR
Brittle brings nearly 40 years of VDOT service and engineering expertise

July 6, 2009
REST AREA CLOSURES TO BEGIN JULY 21
Truck Parking Changes to Be Implemented July 21 in All Rest Areas Statewide

June 29, 2009
VDOT LIFTS LANE CLOSURES FOR FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Drivers urged to buckle up and avoid distractions

June 18, 2009
FINAL FISCAL YEARS 2010 – 2015 SIX-YEAR TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM APPROVED
VDOT Budget Also Approved--Finalizes Service Reductions for Ferries, Rest Areas, Mowing and Safety Service Patrols

June 17, 2009
VIRGINIA OBLIGATES MORE THAN HALF OF DISCRETIONARY HIGHWAY STIMULUS FUNDING
Achieves Next Stimulus Funding Milestone

June 11, 2009
NEW TRAFFIC CONTROL REQUIREMENT BEGINS JULY 1
Requirement affects land use permit applicants

May 20, 2009
COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD RECEIVES DRAFT FISCAL YEARS 2010 – 2015 SIX-YEAR IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Continued Revenue Decline Forces $1.5 Billion in Additional Cuts

May 20, 2009
LANE CLOSURES LIFTED FOR MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Long-term construction zones will remain in place

May 20, 2009
VDOT FINALIZES SERVICE AREA PROPOSALS
Jamestown-Scotland Ferry Service Retained, Final Rest Area Closures Announced, Safety Service Patrols Reduced

May 8, 2009
VDOT LAUNCHES INTERACTIVE ROAD CONSTRUCTION MAP ON WEB

April 28, 2009
VDOT COMPLETES SCHEDULED ELIMINATION OF 450 WAGE POSITIONS
Remaining 230 Employees Eliminated by June 6

April 27, 2009
COURTHOUSE ROAD TOLL PLAZA RAMP CHANGES
Motorists must pay toll with exact change (25 cents) or an E-ZPass transponder

April 24, 2009
PLEASANT WEATHER PRODUCES POTHOLES

April 14, 2009
VDOT BEGINS INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS FOR NEW SECONDARY STREET ACCEPTANCE REQUIREMENT

April 6, 2009
DRIVERS SHOULD ‘DRIVE TO SURVIVE, OUR FUTURE IS RIDING ON IT’
The tenth annual National Work Zone Awareness Week will be observed April 6-10

March 23, 2009
VDOT RECEIVES GRANTS TO ADVANCE COALFIELDS EXPRESSWAY
Two grants valued at $5 million each to advance Hawk's Nest and Rockhouse sections

March 18, 2009
VDOT EARNS TOP HONORS FOR INNOVATION, ENGINEERING AND PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT
Agency collects 44 awards from professional and industry associations in 2008

Feb. 27, 2009
VDOT SCHEDULES MEETINGS TO DISCUSS PROPOSED SERVICE CHANGES
Agency to Provide Overview and Collect Feedback on Service Reductions and Facility Closures

Feb. 24, 2009
INDEPENDENT REVIEW PANEL TO EVALUATE DOWNTOWN TUNNEL/MIDTOWN TUNNEL/MLK EXTENSION CONCEPTUAL PROPOSAL
First Public Meeting Scheduled For March 25 in Portsmouth

Feb. 19, 2009
VDOT CUTS 450 HOURLY JOBS AS COST-SAVINGS MEASURE
Action in Response to $2.6 Billion Revenue Shortfall

Feb. 13, 2009
FINAL REVISED SIX-YEAR TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM ADOPTED
Revised Program Reflects $2.0 Billion Cut For Highway Projects

Feb. 12, 2009
COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD TO ADOPT REVISED SIX-YEAR TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM AT SPECIAL MEETING
Board Will Also Adopt Revised Fiscal Year 2009 Annual Budgets

Feb. 4, 2009
COMMONWEALTH CONSIDERS REVISIONS TO SIX-YEAR IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Highway Project Cuts Grow to $2 Billion from Plan Adopted in June

Feb. 3, 2009
FIVE STATES AND USDOT PARTNER TO IMPROVE INTERSTATE 95 THROUGH CORRIDOR OF THE FUTURE PROGRAM
Development Agreement Aims to Reduce Congestion, Increase Safety and Reliability

Jan. 14, 2009
COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE CHANGES
January meeting cancelled; two meetings set for February

Jan. 9, 2009
VDOT ISSUES REQUEST FOR DETAILED PROPOSALS FOR ROUTE 460 CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS
Private sector teams must submit detailed proposals by Aug. 14, 2009

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