2013 News Releases - Statewide

Dec. 20, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces Work to Begin on Interstate 64 Upgrades in the Shenandoah Valley
New Technology Utilized to Enhance Afton Mountain Safety

Dec. 19, 2013
VDOT PREPARED FOR YEAR-END TRAVEL
Check 511Virginia before you go for latest travel times and road conditions

Dec. 18, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces Banner Year for Transportation in the Commonwealth
More than $2.5 billion worth of projects advertised in 2013

Dec. 10, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces Private Sector Interest to Develop Innovative Solutions for I-66 Corridor in Northern Virginia
19 Firms Worldwide Offer Solutions

Dec. 9, 2013
ROAD CONDITIONS IMPROVE ACROSS THE STATE WHILE ANOTHER STORM IS ON ITS WAY
VDOT gets ready for another round of winter weather beginning late tonight and early tomorrow in the western and northern regions of the state

Dec. 8, 2013
Morning Commuters to Prepare for Icy Conditions on Virginia’s Roads

Dec. 8, 2013
VDOT Crews Clear Roads Statewide As Snow, Sleet and Freezing Rain Impact The State
Motorists are urged to avoid driving on icy roads

Dec. 8, 2013
VDOT Crews Statewide Prepare For Winter Storm
Motorists are urged to prepare for winter weather and avoid driving on icy roads

Dec. 3, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces Major Step Forward in Widening I-64 from Richmond to Newport News
Final Environmental Impact Statement Approved by Federal Government

Nov. 26, 2013
Governor McDonnell to Host Statewide Transportation Conference "Road to the Future"
Conference will showcase Virginia's Transportation Agencies and Programs

Nov. 22, 2013
VDOT TO LIFT LANE CLOSURES FOR THANKSGIVING TRAVEL
Use 511Virginia, travel-trend maps to plan your trip and avoid congestion

Nov. 22, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces Important Milestone to Advance Interstate 66 Improvements
Tier 1 EIS approved by Feds; Commonwealth Transportation Board to select one or more concepts next month

Nov. 13, 2013
VDOT PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER

Oct. 31, 2013
Governor McDonnell Applauds Today's State Supreme Court Ruling: Elizabeth River Tunnels Project Moves Ahead to Improve Transportation in Hampton Roads Region

Oct. 18, 2013
Governor McDonnell Invites Public to Provide Input on Future Road, Rail, Transit Projects
Public meetings take place Oct. 22 to Nov. 21

Oct. 17, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces $168 Million in Transportation Projects Approved for Construction
I-66 and other projects approved by CTB

Oct. 4, 2013
VDOT AND LOCAL PARTNERSHIP EFFORTS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION STATEWIDE
VDOT hosts transportation workshop for more than 350 local government representatives

Sept. 16, 2013
VIRGINIA RECEIVES $57.3 MILLION IN 'BONUS' FUNDING TO ACCELERATE TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
Additional funding originally allocated to other states will go toward transportation projects in Virginia

Sept. 12, 2013
Governor McDonnell Cuts Ribbon at New Interchange on Fairfax County Parkway at Fair Lakes
– Three-year project to smooth traffic flow for commuters, shoppers –

Aug. 28, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces New Park and Ride Resource to Help Travelers
Interactive map interface assists with lot locations, options, and accommodations

Aug. 22, 2013
LANE CLOSURES LIFTED FOR LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
Check 511Virginia to avoid congestion, plan your route

Aug. 12, 2013
Governor McDonnell Travels to Lynchburg to Discuss Odd Fellows Road Interchange Project and Possible Private Sector Partnership
Partnership Could Allow Project to be Delivered Faster, With Less Cost to Commonwealth

Aug. 10, 2013
Governor Bob McDonnell Announces Contract for U.S. Route 460 Phase II Project in Buchanan County
Design-build contract will use coal synergy to reduce project costs by 50%

July 23, 2013
COMMONWEALTH RECEIVES PRIVATE SECTOR PROPOSAL TO CONSTRUCT NEW INTERCHANGE AND IMPROVE ODD FELLOWS ROAD IN LYNCHBURG
New Interchange at U.S. 460 and Odd Fellows Road and Associated Road Improvements Will Help Ease Truck Traffic and Improve Safety

July 16, 2013
Route 606 Improvements Coming to Loudoun County
– Project will help ease traffic congestion and provide for better transportation –

July 15, 2013
COMMONWEALTH TO PRACTICE PARTIAL I-64 LANE REVERSAL JULY 21
Expect Early Morning Traffic Delays

July 3, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OF AIR RIGHTS OVER TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Potential Projects Would Create Multi-Use Developments While Generating Additional Revenue for Transportation Improvements

July 1, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL RELEASES DRAFT 2013 VIRGINIA PPTA PIPELINE
Next Generation of P3 Projects Will Continue Virginia’s Progress Towards Meeting Multimodal Transportation Needs

June 28, 2013
2013 VIRGINIA DBE TRANSPORTATION TRAINING SYMPOSIUM
“Paving the Way to Prosperity”

June 27, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES COMMONWEALTH SEEKS PRIVATE SECTOR INNOVATIONS TO EASE CONGESTION ON I-66 IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA

June 25, 2013
VDOT ANNOUNCES NEW CULPEPER DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR
John D. Lynch, P.E., will lead the transportation program in the agency’s Culpeper District

June 25, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces VDOT Mowing Blitz is Underway
VDOT working to cut grass and vegetation on state maintained roads by Fourth of July

June 25, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES CONGESTION RELIEF PROJECT FOR THE I-495 CAPITAL BELTWAY IN FAIRFAX COUNTY

June 24, 2013
LANE CLOSURES LIFTED FOR JULY FOURTH HOLIDAY
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June 21, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES LOCALITIES ACROSS VIRGINIA TO RECEIVE NEARLY $155 MILLION FOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

June 20, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES U.S. ROUTE 460 PHASE II PROJECT IN BUCHANAN COUNTY MOVES FORWARD
Over 50 percent projected savings on construction using coal synergy

June 20, 2013
VDOT ANNOUNCES $18 MILLION WORTH OF COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS, INCLUDING SIDEWALKS AND BIKE PATHS

June 19, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES $17.6 BILLION APPROVED FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS, INCLUDING NEW FUNDING SOURCES FOR NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND HAMPTON ROADS
$6.2 Billion Increase (54 percent) Compared to Last Year's Program

June 13, 2013
VDOT CREWS ARE READY FOR POTENTIAL STORMS
Agency prepared for severe wind and rain conditions

June 7, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces Speed Limit Increase on 495 Express Lanes Northern Virginia
– Drivers will Experience an Even Faster Commute on the Express Lanes –

May 28, 2013
VIRGINIA RECOGNIZED AS A LEADER IN PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS
Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships Receives Two Awards at 2013 Partnership Awards

May 22, 2013
VDOT TO LIFT LANE CLOSURES FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Past trends can help motorists plan for holiday travel before getting on the road.

May 15, 2013
COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD VOTES TO AWARD TRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS CENTER CONTRACT TO SERCO INC.
Serco Inc. to operate, integrate and innovate the state's Transportation Operations Centers

May 15, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES NEW TRANSPORTATON FUNDING TO BRING SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS TO I-264 AND I-64 IN HAMPTON ROADS REGION
Virginia Department of Transportation advertises $120 million project to the highway construction industry

May 15, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES NEW TRANSPORTATION FUNDING LAW PUMPS AN ADDITIONAL $4 BILLION INTO THE DRAFT SIX-YEAR TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM
Commonwealth Transportation Board releases greatly enhanced draft program which includes new and sustainable revenues from HB 2313 for highway, rail and other transportation projects

May 14, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL RECOGNIZES NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION WEEK BY DESIGNATING TODAY TRANSPORTATION DAY IN VIRGINIA
Highlights Progress Toward Addressing Challenges and Opportunities Facing Transportation in Virginia

May 13, 2013
Governor McDonnell Ceremonially Signs Virginia's Historic Bi-Partisan Transportation Funding Bill
– Legislation Provides Over $3.4 Billion in Statewide Funding, $1.5 Billion for Northern Virginia, and $1 Billion for Hampton Roads Over Next 5 Years Alone –

May 7, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES WORLD-CLASS TRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS SYSTEM WILL HELP EASE CONGESTION ON VIRGINIA'S HIGHWAYS
The commonwealth selects contractor to advance traffic management technology, contingent on CTB approval

May 7, 2013
PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON UPCOMING DRAFT SIX-YEAR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Four meetings to be held throughout the commonwealth once draft is released in mid-May

April 26, 2013
VDOT ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP TO HEAD TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA, HAMPTON ROADS AND LYNCHBURG DISTRICTS; STATE LOCATION AND DESIGN ENGINEER ALSO SELECTED

April 18, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES MAJOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS MOVING FORWARD
More Than $150 Million of Projects to Be Awarded in April

April 17, 2013
GOV MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES CTB APPROVAL OF VDOT PROPERTY FOR VISITOR EDUCATION CENTER AT NATIONAL 9/11 PENTAGON MEMORIAL
Commonwealth Property will be Transferred to Department of Defense

April 11, 2013
NATIONAL WORK ZONE AWARENESS WEEK IS APRIL 15-19
VDOT urges motorists to be vigilant in highway work zones and “Go Orange” on April 17

April 8, 2013
VDOT ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM FOR VIRGINIA’S 511 TRAVELER INFORMATION SYSTEM AND SAFETY SERVICE PATROL
Sponsorships to help pay for services

April 4, 2013
VDOT ANNOUNCES RIDEFINDERS AS LATEST E-ZPASS ON-THE-GO RETAILER
RideFinders has joined Virginia E-ZPass On-the-Go Retail Program

March 28, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF I-66 TRAVEL TIME DISPLAYS
15 Additional Locations Between D.C. and Haymarket to be Added by Summer

March 26, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL MAKES AMENDMENTS TO STRENGHTEN MAJOR TRANSPORTATION PACKAGE
Edits to bill strengthen legal posture, adds lock boxes to safeguard new funds, reduces alternative vehicles fees, vehicle titling tax, and local taxes; maintains structure for long-term sustainable transportation solutions to improve job creation and quality of life

March 20, 2013
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS REPORT CONFIRMS LONG OVERDUE NEED FOR TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT IN VIRGINIA
Report: "Driving on roads in need of repair costs Virginia motorists $1.344 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs - $254 per motorist"

March 20, 2013
COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD APPROVES RESOLUTION TO IMPROVE THE MANAGEMENT OF MAINTENANCE SERVICES ON I-64 AND I-264 IN THE HAMPTON ROADS REGION

March 8, 2013
VDOT MOVES FORWARD ON LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS FOR I-264 AND I-64 IN HAMPTON ROADS

March 7, 2013
STATEWIDE ROAD CONDITIONS – 6:30 A.M.
Most roads clear, but icy conditions still possible

March 6, 2013
GOV. BOB MCDONNELL DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY AS WINTER STORM IMPACTS COMMONWEALTH
Northern, Northwestern and Central Regions of Virginia are Hardest Hit

March 6, 2013
WINTER STORM UPDATE
Use caution; avoid all non-essential travel during the storm

March 5, 2013
VDOT IS PREPARED FOR WINTER STORM RESPONSE
Commuters urged to stay off the roads

Feb. 26, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES HIGH-TECH TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT COMING TO INTERSTATE 66
New System Will Improve Traffic Flow and Communication with Drivers

Feb. 23, 2013
STATEMENT OF GOV. BOB MCDONNELL ON GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSAGE OF HISTORIC TRANSPORTATION LEGISLATION

Jan. 29, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL LAUNCHES 'VIRGINIA'S ROAD TO THE FUTURE' WEBSITE
Website includes Proposed Transportation Project List, Factsheets, FAQ and other supporting documents

Jan. 28, 2013
NEW STUDY CONFIRMS BENEFITS OF GOVERNOR'S 'VIRGINIA'S ROAD TO THE FUTURE' TRANSPORTATION PLAN
Chmura Economics & Analytics: Price of Gas at Pump Could Fall by over 16 Cents; Plan Generates More Revenue for Transportation in Years Ahead

Jan. 27, 2013
VDOT ENCOURAGES MOTORISTS TO DRIVE WITH CAUTION DURING MONDAY MORNING’S COMMUTE
Rain and ice are in the forecast for most of the commonwealth

Jan. 25, 2013
VDOT PREPARES FOR MORE WINTER WEATHER
Snow is expected across most of the commonwealth

Jan. 24, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL VISITS NEWPORT NEWS TO HIGHLIGHT POSITIVE LOCAL IMPACT OF PASSING COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN

Jan. 24, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL VISITS FAIRFAX TO HIGHLIGHT POSITIVE LOCAL IMPACT OF PASSING COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN

Jan. 24, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL HIGHLIGHTS POSITIVE LOCAL IMPACT OF PASSING COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN FOR ROANOKE

Jan. 22, 2013
MCDONNELL RELEASES PROPOSED TRANSPORTATION PROJECT LIST FOR 'VIRGINIA'S ROAD TO THE FUTURE'
2013 transportation funding proposal would provide for 158 highway projects statewide and $1.07 billion for new rail and transit projects

Jan. 18, 2013
STATEWIDE ROAD CONDITIONS – 1:30 P.M.
Road conditions improve, VDOT crews focus efforts on secondary routes

Jan. 18, 2013
STATEWIDE ROAD CONDITIONS - 6:30 AM
Heavy snow in southwest Virginia with severe conditions on I-77, slick roads across the state following snow storm

Jan. 17, 2013
VDOT PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER – SNOW FALL BEGINS
Snow is expected in most of the commonwealth

Jan. 16, 2013
VDOT PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER
Drivers should use 511 prior to travel

Jan. 16, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL ADDRESSES COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD ABOUT $3.1 BILLION TRANSPORTATION FUNDING AND REFORM PACKAGE
Package brings sustainable source of revenue to skyrocketing transportation needs

Jan. 10, 2013
GROUNDBREAKING HELD FOR ELIZABETH RIVER TUNNELS IN HAMPTON ROADS
Project already awarded more than $21 million in contracts for small and minority owned businesses in the region

Jan. 8, 2013
GOV. MCDONNELL PROPOSES MAJOR TRANSPORTATION FUNDING OVERHALL TO INJECT 3.1 BILLION INTO VIRGINIA'S HIGHWAYS, RAIL AND TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN NEXT FIVE YEARS
'Virginia's Road to the Future' Plan: Makes Virginia First State in Nation to Eliminate Gas Tax; Ties Transportation Revenue to Sales Tax to Create Long-Term, Sustainable Transportation Funding Source That Accounts for Economic Growth

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