Joe Vagi 804-371-8304
Jan. 17, 2017
SCORED SMART SCALE PROJECTS RELEASED FOR REVIEW BY THE COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD
New mobile-friendly SMART SCALE Dashboard shows latest status of funded projects, propelling transparency and accountability to a new level
RICHMOND – The Commonwealth Transportation (CTB) today released the second round of projects scored under the SMART SCALE prioritization process. More than 400 project applications submitted by localities, metropolitan organizations and other regional entities across the state have been scored based on key factors: improvements to safety, congestion reduction, accessibility to jobs and businesses, land use, economic development and the environment. The CTB will not make a decision on which projects to fund until their June meeting this year, following a five month review process.
“What’s important at this stage is the process,” said Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne. “Because of SMART SCALE, the commonwealth has an objective data-driven process to score projects based on their merits and the value they bring for taxpayer dollars. The SMART SCALE process has empowered localities to submit proposed projects based on objective measures. The result is localities are working collaboratively and thoughtfully to select projects that will bring the most benefit to their areas. All of the projects will not get funded because there is not near enough resources. There are 404 scored applications requesting more than $8.5 billion in funding when $1 billion is available. With the needs far outweighing the source of funding, a deliberative and pragmatic process like SMART SCALE is absolutely imperative to make sure the limited funds go to the right projects.”
Localities submitted projects for scoring over the fall. Those projects were made available for public review and input during several fall public meetings held across the state. The CTB will release a draft scenario of projects for funding this spring for public review. The board will make its final decision on which projects to fund and include in the Six-Year Improvement Program this June. Once projects are in the program, they will be fully funded through construction.
For more information go to www.smartscale.org.
Click the SMART SCALE PowerPoint presentation on a summary of the scored projects.
SMART SCALE Dashboard
The first round of SMART SCALE projects was funded by the CTB in June 2016, and the real-time status of their development can be monitored by going to the new SMART SCALE Dashboard.
Developed by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, the SMART SCALE Dashboard is a mobile-friendly site readily accessible to the public.
VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick said, “Once scored and approved, SMART SCALE projects are fully funded. There is an expectation that we will deliver these projects as promised and without delay. We have an obligation to openly and accurately tell the public how we’re doing. Using the current VDOT Dashboard as a starting point, we developed a new SMART SCALE Dashboard that is specifically focused on the SMART SCALE program. This dashboard tracks on-time and on-budget progress that is accurate and transparent to the public. I encourage taxpayers to check out the dashboard to see how projects are progressing.”
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.