Friday, October 11, 2019

VDOT Announces New Richmond District Engineer

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Chief Deputy Commissioner Robert Cary, P.E., L.S., announced today that Shane Mann, P.E., has been selected as the agency’s new Richmond District engineer. Mann brings over 25 years of transportation experience to the position 
“Shane’s years of successful program leadership, technical expertise and Richmond District knowledge make him well-suited to address the unique travel needs and challenges in the Commonwealth’s capital,” said Chief Deputy Commissioner Cary.
Mann will be responsible for the construction, maintenance and operations of nearly 19,000 lane miles of roads in the Richmond District’s 14 counties: Amelia, Brunswick, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico (except secondary system), Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, New Kent, Nottoway, Powhatan and Prince George. The Richmond District is VDOT’s largest roadway network in the Commonwealth.
“From overseeing successful completion of major construction projects to monitoring overnight snow removal operations, I have thoroughly enjoyed serving in the Richmond District, and am looking forward to stewardship of its future success,” said Mann.
As Richmond District construction engineer, Mann managed a construction program of over $350 million and oversaw successful completion of major district projects, including the I-95 Temple Avenue interchange improvements and roundabout project in the City of Colonial Heights, the I-64 widening project in Henrico and New Kent counties, and five phases of the Virginia Capital Trail in the City of Richmond, Henrico and Charles City counties.
A licensed professional engineer in several states, Mann holds an associate’s degree in drafting and design from Southside Virginia Community College, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Old Dominion University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia.
Mann will assume the new role on October 1, 2019 following Bart Thrasher’s selection as VDOT chief engineer.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

I-395 Express Lanes Open This Fall

Coming to you this November, the 395 Express Lanes will offer the same quick, simple and predictable travel you’ve come to know from the 495 and 95 Express Lanes. They’ll pick up where the 95 Express Lanes leave off around Edsall Road and run up to the 14th Street Bridge in D.C. A new choice for your everyday travels is coming soon.

Read more about the new express lanes here!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Public Feedback Invited On Interstate 95 Corridor Improvement Study

RICHMOND, Va. – The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, under the leadership of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB), are studying Virginia’s 179 miles of the Interstate 95 corridor between the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Alexandria, Virginia and the North Carolina border. The public is invited to attend the second set in a series of in-person meetings through late fall 2019. An online engagement tool will be available for those interested to learn more details and provide input throughout the study’s duration.
As requested in similar resolutions from both chambers of the legislature (Senate Joint Resolution 276 and House Joint Resolution 581) during the 2019 General Assembly session, the CTB has initiated a data-driven study to develop the I-95 Corridor Plan which will identify key problem areas along the corridor, and identify potential targeted solutions and areas for additional review and study.
Feedback provided by members of communities, industries, and other stakeholders will be considered as team members continue study of the corridor and prepare a draft plan report in the fall. The CTB plans to report to the General Assembly in January 2020, prior to the opening of General Assembly session. 
This second series of meetings will be focused on reviewing potential targeted safety and congestion solutions along the I-95 corridor.
The meetings will begin with a brief presentation followed by an open house format, which will allow attendees to speak one-on-one with study team members, ask questions and provide written comments.
The study team has also developed an online engagement tool as an option for corridor users who may not be able to attend the meetings. The tool will ask users to provide input on various types of improvement solutions and priorities.
The team will hold one more series of meetings along the corridor with additional opportunities for public comments to be received in person and online. The second series of meetings will focus on targeted solutions and the final series will cover recommended packages of improvements.
Public meetings will be held at the below-listed dates and times at the noted locations.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Fredericksburg
James Monroe High School  2300 Washington Ave. Fredericksburg, VA 22401
6–8 p.m.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019*
Richmond
Richmond Marriott –
Short Pump
4240 Dominion Blvd.
Glen Allen, VA 23060
4-7 p.m.
*This meeting is combined with regularly-scheduled Fall Transportation Meetings.
Thursday, October 17, 2019**
Northern Virginia
Freedom High School
15201 Neabsco Mills Rd.
Woodbridge, VA 22191
6–8 p.m.
**This meeting will include information about the auxiliary lane project on southbound I-95 between Route 123 and Prince William Parkway.
The Northern Virginia meeting will also include information and opportunity for input on the auxiliary lane project on southbound I-95 between Route 123 and Prince William Parkway. The Richmond meeting will be combined with the region’s regularly-scheduled Fall Transportation Meeting.
Comments can be submitted at the meetings or via email to: VA95corridorplan@vdot.virginia.gov. The online engagement tool, as well as other meeting materials, will be available on the project website beginning October 7, 2019.
The first comment period will end October 25, 2019. Additional comment opportunities will be available throughout the study period.
For more information about the study, or to view meeting materials and access the online engagement tool, visit VA95Corridor.org. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

International Walk to School Day

What is International Walk to School Day (iWalk)? International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day to raise awareness of the benefits of walking and biking and need for Safe Routes to School. It began in 1997 as a one-day event, and has become the signature fall event for the year-round Safe Routes to School movement. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam – participate in a variety of ways every October.
When is International Walk to School Day? Walk to School Day is held annually on the Wednesday of the first full week in October. The dates for the coming years are:
  • Walk to School Day 2018 – October 10
  • Walk to School Day 2019 – October 2
Remember that all of October is Walk to School Month, and schools are encouraged to host events whenever is most convenient for them.
Why should my school participate in Walk to School Day? Participating in iWalk and hosting an event is the perfect way to encourage walking to school, teach safe pedestrian skills, and kick off a Safe Routes to School program for the school year. Most importantly, it’s fun for everyone! Be sure to check out the iWalk resources below to help plan your school’s iWalk event.
What if students can’t walk to school? Even if students live too far or are unable to walk all the way to school, they can meet up with their classmates at a designated spot nearby and walk from there. Or the school can host a Walk at School event, where all students are invited to walk around the school grounds before class begins, during recess or enrichment classes.

iWalk in Virginia

The popularity of iWalk continues to increase each year thanks to dedicated school staff, community partners, parents and volunteers who help plan and host events at their schools.
In 2018, Virginia schools hosted a total of 364 events, breaking the previous record for the 9th year in a row!
WTSD Events 2010-2018

Tuckahoe Elementary, Arlington
Waterman Elementary, Harrisonburg
Ginter Park Elementary, Richmond

VDOT Walk to School Day Resources

Learn it. Do it. Live it!

Event IdeasFirst Time Tips For Planning a SRTS EventHow to Plan a Walk or Bike to School Event in 7 Days
Conduct a Walk or Bike AuditHow to Organize Park and Walk Sites 


Event Flyers

 Call for VolunteersEvent FlyerBlank Flyer
PDF - color
PDF - B&W
PDF - color
PDF - B&W
PDF - color
PDF - B&W

Communication Tools

 For Students & ParentsFor the Press
Announcement ScriptPress release template and instructionsMedia Advisory template

Incentives

 StickersPunch cardsYou Did It! Certificates
Walk with me to school tomorrow!I walked to school today!
Color
Black & White


Coloring Book




National Center for SRTS Resources                 

Visit www.walkbiketoschool.org for more advice and customizable resources.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Interstate 81 Advisory Committee Meeting

NATURAL BRIDGE, Va. – The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) are inviting members of the public to attend the second meeting of the Interstate 81 (I-81) Advisory Committee next week.
The advisory committee meeting will be held Tuesday, October 1, at 3 p.m. at the Natural Bridge Conference Center, located at 15 Appledore Lane, Natural Bridge, VA 24578.
The I-81 Advisory Committee is charged with providing advice and making recommendations to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) regarding the development of the I-81 Corridor Improvement program and updates to the I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan, as directed in 2019 Acts of Assembly Chapter 846. The plan was approved by the CTB in December 2018, following a comprehensive study of the corridor. The I-81 Advisory Committee will meet four times a year and report to the Governor and General Assembly each December.
The committee has 15 voting members: seven Virginia lawmakers, three CTB members representing the Bristol, Salem and Staunton districts and the five chairs of the planning district commissions. VDOT’s commissioner and DRPT’s director will serve on the committee ex officio in nonvoting capacities.
Legislation passed in the 2019 General Assembly established the I-81 Corridor Improvement Program, Fund and Committee. The legislation also provides revenues for the Fund through the creation of a new registration fee and diesel, regional and road taxes. Governor Ralph Northam announced amendments in March, providing dedicated annual funding to the corridor, estimated initially as $103 million in fiscal year 2020 and growing to an estimated $163 million in fiscal year 2025. These funds will support a $2 billion improvement program.
Any questions or comments about the I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan can be directed to
VA81CorridorPlan@OIPI.Virginia.gov.  The meeting agenda is available for viewing.
For more information about the I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan, visit http://www.VA81Corridor.org. For additional information about the CTB, visit http://www.CTB.Virginia.gov/.