2011 News Releases - Statewide

Dec. 21, 2011
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $2 BILLION WORTH OF ROAD AND BRIDGE CONTRACTS ADVERTISED IN 2011
VDOT moves aggressively on construction, maintenance and "P3" projects

Dec. 19, 2011
VDOT READY FOR YEAR-END HOLIDAY TRAVEL
Most lane closures suspended for Christmas and New Year’s holidays

Dec. 9, 2011
Governor McDonnell Announces Travel Times Coming to I-95
Signs will display miles and minutes between Washington and Fredericksburg

Dec. 8, 2011
GOV. MCDONNELL OUTLINES 2012 TRANSPORTATION PLAN
Introduces funding, promotion, and policy framework at 2011 Governor's Transportation Conference in Norfolk

Dec. 7, 2011
VIRGINIA ADVANCES COALFIELDS EXPRESSWAY AND ROUTE 58 IMPROVEMENTS
$124 million to be invested

Dec. 6, 2011
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES I-95 HOV/HOT LANES PROJECT IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA ADVANCES
Construction could begin as soon as spring 2012

Dec. 5, 2011
Governor McDonnell Announces Contract to Build a Second Midtown Tunnel in Hampton Roads
VDOT signs comprehensive agreement with private sector for new Midtown Tunnel/MLK Extension Project

Nov. 30, 2011
VIRGINIA PREPARED FOR SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
Virginians urged to stay put when weather gets bad

Nov. 29, 2011
Governor McDonnell to Host Statewide Transportation Conference "Virginia - Gateway to the World" Norfolk, Dec. 7-9, 2011
– Major Transportation Initiatives to be Highlighted –

Nov. 22, 2011
CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH BECOMES FIRST LOCALITY CERTIFIED TO DELIVER ITS OWN CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM
Approved under the Urban Construction Initiative Certification Program

Nov. 17, 2011
VDOT LIFTS LANE CLOSURES FOR THANKSGIVING TRAVEL
Travelers can use historic holiday traffic data to plan trips, avoid peak congestion times

Oct. 24, 2011
STATE BICYCLE POLICY PLAN PUBLISHED
VDOT continues to support multimodal transportation solutions

Sept. 28, 2011
VDOT AWARDS CONTRACT FOR NEW AND IMPROVED 511 VIRGINIA TRAFFIC INFORMATION SYSTEM
New System to Feature Improved Voice Recognition Software and Mobile Apps; Revenue-generating Sponsorships Expected to Offset Operating Costs in Five Years

Sept. 27, 2011
VDOT ISSUES REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR RT. 29 BYPASS
Western Bypass project will be advanced using Design-Build development process

Sept. 19, 2011
VIRGINIA RECEIVES PRELIMINARY APPROVAL TO TOLL INTERSTATE 95
Federal Highway Administration Authorizes VDOT to Move Forward with Tolling Process

Sept. 15, 2011
COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD SCHEDULES PUBLIC MEETINGS

Aug. 30, 2011
Governor McDonnell Announces Contract Awarded to Expand Services and Help Defray Costs at Interstate Rest Areas
Winning Proposal from CRH Catering Includes Partnership of Specialist Firms to Improve Travelers' Experience Through Expanded Services; New Contract Features Annual Rights Fee and Revenue Sharing to Help Defray Costs of Operating Rest Areas

Aug. 30, 2011
LANE CLOSURES LIFTED FOR LABOR DAY TRAVEL
VDOT suspends road work for anticipated holiday weekend traffic

Aug. 28, 2011
VDOT CREWS CONTINUE RESPONSE TO HURRICANE IRENE AFTERMATH
Work will continue through this evening and over the next few days

Aug. 26, 2011
VDOT PREPARED FOR HURRICANE IRENE
Personnel and equipment ready for timely response

Aug. 23, 2011
VDOT CONDUCTING BRIDGE AND TUNNEL INSPECTIONS IN RESPONSE TO TODAY’S EARTHQUAKE
No major impact reported on traffic; some minor damage to VDOT facilities

July 28, 2011
VDOT ISSUES REQUEST FOR DETAILED PROPOSALS FOR ROUTE 460 CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS
Private sector teams to vie for right to develop and operate the new roadway

July 20, 2011
Commonwealth Transportation Board Approves Funds for Route 29 Charlottesville Bypass
– Route 29 widening also included in amendment to Six-Year Improvement Program –

July 11, 2011
VDOT TO HOST CITIZEN INFORMATION MEETINGS FOR HAMPTON ROADS BRIDGE TUNNEL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
Meetings Scheduled in Norfolk and Hampton on July 18 and 19, Respectively

July 5, 2011
TONY KINN APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF THE NEW OFFICE OF TRANSPORTATION PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS
Brings Extensive Private and Public Sector Experience to the Commonwealth

June 29, 2011
NEW STUDY ADDRESSES ISSUES FACING VIRGINIA’S SECONDARY ROADS
All options examined to address secondary road system needs

June 29, 2011
VDOT ENCOURAGES SAFE SUMMER TRAVEL
Lane closures lifted for Fourth of July holiday weekend starting on Friday, July 1

June 15, 2011
Governor Bob McDonnell Announces a Nearly $3 Billion Increase in Construction Funding As Commonwealth Transportation Board Adopts Fiscal Years 2012-2017 Six-Year Improvement Program

June 6, 2011
VIRGINIA OFFICIALLY OPENS THE OFFICE OF TRANSPORTATION PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS (“OTP3”)
Office Will Advance Statewide Transportation Initiatives

June 2, 2011
VDOT AND DRPT KICK-OFF MAJOR STUDY FOR INTERSTATE 66 OUTSIDE BELTWAY
Public Meetings in Manassas and Fairfax on June 8 and 9

May 23, 2011
VDOT PREPARES FOR MEMORIAL DAY TRAVEL
Lane Closures, Work Zones Suspended to Ease Weekend Holiday Traffic

May 10, 2011
VIRGINIA SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION SIGNS COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WITH GERMANY’S DEPUTY MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION, BUILDING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation to Benefit from Information Exchange and Collaboration

May 9, 2011
VDOT’S ROADSIDE MOWING SEASON UNDER WAY
Site distance remains priority; Motorists asked to slow speeds for mobile crews and tractors

May 5, 2011
VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HOSTS DBE/SWAM OUTREACH SESSION FOR THE DOWNTOWN TUNNEL/MIDTOWN TUNNEL/MLK EXTENSION PROJECT
VDOT Invites DBE and SWAM Firms to Learn about the Project and its Inclusion Program

April 26, 2011
Governor McDonnell Announces 108,000 Potholes Repaired During 2011 Blitz Campaign

April 11, 2011
Secretary of Transportation Releases Virginia Statewide Multimodal Freight Study
Study Identifies Projects and Strategies Most Important to Freight Movement

April 8, 2011
COMMONWEALTH SEEKS INPUT ON DRAFT SIX-YEAR IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Public Input Sought on Proposed Six-Year Improvement Program

April 1, 2011
VIGIL TO HONOR DEPARTED TRANSPORTATION WORKERS
National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 4-8

April 1, 2011
VDOT REMINDS MOTORISTS TO DRIVE CAUTIOUSLY
National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 4-8

March 24, 2011
Governor McDonnell Announces New Program to Defray Costs of Commonwealth's Rest Areas
SAVE" Program to Generate Additional Revenues Through Enhanced Sponsorship, Advertising and Vending; One of the First of Its Kind Among State Transportation Agencies

March 21, 2011
VDOT TO HOST CITIZEN INFORMATION MEETINGS FOR INTERSTATE 64 PENINSULA STUDY
Meetings Scheduled in Newport News and New Kent on March 23 and 24, Respectively

March 15, 2011
I-81 PAVING PROJECT USES INNOVATIVE PROCESSES
VDOT Implements Research to Cut Construction Time, Save Money, Reuse Materials

March 14, 2011
VDOT ANNOUNCES CALL FOR SCHOOL TRAVEL PLANS
Deadline for travel plan submission is April 29, 2011

March 11, 2011
VDOT NAMES NEW RESEARCH DIRECTOR
Jose P. Gomez Brings 19 Years of Agency Experience to Executive Team

March 8, 2011
Governor McDonnell Announces the 2011 Pothole Blitz
2010 Pothole Blitz Repaired More Than 161,000 Potholes

March 2, 2011
VDOT COMMISSIONER RECOMMENDS ADVANCING THREE PROPOSALS TO BUILD A NEW ROUTE 460

March 2, 2011
VDOT RECEIVES COMPETING PUBLIC-PRIVATE PROPOSALS FOR HAMPTON ROADS BRIDGE-TUNNEL
Competition period ended 10 a.m. Feb. 24, 2011

Jan. 7, 2011
VDOT NAMES NEW STAUNTON DISTICT ADMINISTRATOR
Randy S. Kiser Brings 24 Years of VDOT Experience to Executive Team

Jan. 6, 2011
PRIVATE TEAMS PRESENT PLANS FOR NEW ROUTE 460 TO INDEPENDENT REVIEW PANEL
Public meeting to be held Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at Windsor High School

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