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Evaluating Significant Transportation Projects

Evaluating projects that can ease congestion in Northern Virginia

Project Photos

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Sept. 2013

Est Completion Date
Spring 2015

Northern Virginia

Valerie Pardo

About the Study

Recent legislation (Code of Virginia, Section 33.1-13.03:1) directs VDOT to work with the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB), the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) to evaluate and rate at least 25 significant transportation projects in and near the Northern Virginia Transportation District (NOVA District).  

Each project’s evaluation and rating will be based on the project’s expected impact on reducing congestion, and to the extent possible, the project’s expected improvement in regional mobility during a homeland security emergency. The significant transportation projects evaluated will include highway, mass transit and technology projects.

VDOT will publicize the quantitative congestion ratings determined for each project on its website and complete the evaluation at least once every four years. Interim progress reports of the study will be posted on VDOT’s website every six months.

VDOT initiated the first study under this law on September 10, 2013, with the awarding of a contract to a group of consultants led by AECOM Technical Services, Inc. The first set of project evaluations and ratings are anticipated to be completed by December 2014.

Key Project Milestones

September 2013 - Initiate study and coordination with NVTA
October 2013 - Commonwealth Transportation Board sets priorities for study
January/February 2014 - Solicit project nominations
March 2014 - Selection of projects evaluated 
July 2014 - Results of Basic Ratings
December 2014 - Results of Detailed Ratings
January 2015 - Publish project ratings

General Information

Fact Sheet #3 (Winter 2015), Fact Sheet #2 (Spring 2014) and Fact Sheet #1 (Fall 2013)
Study Display Boards (Fall 2013)
CTB Resolution: Adoption of Priorities for Evaluation and Rating (Oct. 2013)
Code of Virginia, Section 33.1-13.03:1 (Apr. 2012)

Detailed Project Ratings

Map of projects
Description of projects
Detailed Project Ratings - 2020 and 2040
NVTA presentation on detailed ratings

Interim Report


Maps and Notes


Projects Nominated for 2014 Study

Map of Projects Nominated for Evaluation and Rating (April 2014)
Project Description and Selection Scores Summary (April 2014)
Project Selection Scores (April 2014)
Project Nomination Form (Jan. 2014, Nominations closed)

Technical Information

Project Evaluation Framework (Jan. 2014)
Project Selection Scoring and Weights Adopted by NVTA (Dec. 2013)
Project Selection Framework (Dec. 2013)

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