Local Assistance Division
The Access Roads Programs provide for the construction, improvement or maintenance of roads serving new or expanding airports, economic development sites, recreational and historic sites.
Virginia Department of Transportation
Local Assistance Division
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Economic Development Access PDF
The Economic Development Access Program provides adequate access to qualifying development sites.
Adequate access, in consideration of the type and volume of traffic anticipated to be generated by the subject site, may require the construction of a new roadway, improvement of an existing roadway, or both, to serve the designated site.
The program is administered by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) under the authority of § 33.2-1509 (effective Oct. 1, 2014) of the Code of Virginia.
- Economic Development Access Fund Policy (revision)
- Economic Development Access checklist
- Economic Development Access Program guide (December 2018)
- Economic Development Access Project Coordination Form
The Airport Access Program assists localities in providing adequate access to licensed, public-use airports.
Adequate access, in consideration of the type and volume of traffic to be generated by the subject site, may require the construction of a new roadway, improvement of an existing roadway, or both, to serve the designated site.
The program is administered by VDOT under the authority of § 33.2-1509 (effective Oct. 1, 2014) of the Code of Virginia.
Funding for these projects is provided through VDOT’s Industrial, Airport, and Rail Access Fund and approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB).
- Airport Access Fund policy (Oct. 1, 2014)
- Airport Access Program guide (Oct 1, 2014)
- Airport Access Program checklist
- Airport Access Project Coordination Form
The Recreational Access Program assists localities in providing access to public recreational or historic areas owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia or a local government.
The program is administered by VDOT under the authority of § 33.2-1510 (effective Oct. 1, 2014) of the Code of Virginia, with the concurrence of the Director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Funding for these projects is provided through VDOT's Recreational Access Fund and approved by the CTB.
- Recreational Access checklist
- Recreational Access guide (Oct. 1, 2014)
- Recreational Access Fund policy (Oct. 1, 2014)
- Recreational Access Project Coordination Form
If a state-funded construction project is estimated to cost more than $500,000 (in total), VDOT must comply with the State Environmental Review Process (SERP).
If VDOT determines that a SERP Preliminary Environmental Inventory (PEI) is required, that documentation will be provided to the locality.
In applying for funding under any of the above access programs, the locality is solely responsible for compliance required by any state and / or federal regulations, laws, etc.
VDOT administers this program, in cooperation with participating localities, under the authority of Section 33.2-357 of the Code of Virginia.
The Revenue Sharing Program provides additional funding for use by a county, city, or town to construct or improve the highway systems within such locality, with statutory limitations on the amount of state funds authorized per locality.
Funds can also be requested for eligible additions in certain counties of the commonwealth.
Locality funds are matched with state funds for qualifying projects.
An annual allocation of funds for this program is designated by the CTB.
Application for program funding must be made online by accessing the CTB's Smart Portal, where localities may make requests for VDOT funding programs electronically.
Additional supporting documentation, including a resolution in support of the application for the Revenue Sharing funding by the locality’s governing body, as outlined in the Revenue Sharing guidelines, will be required.
Towns not maintaining their own streets must have their requests included in their county's application.
Project administration may be done by VDOT or by the locality under an agreement with the Department.
Contact: Michele Piccolomini 804-786-9125