Monday, December 10, 2018

VDOT: Continue To Avoid Travel While Crews Clean Up From Major Winter Storm


VDOT: CONTINUE TO AVOID TRAVEL WHILE CREWS CLEAN UP FROM MAJOR WINTER STORM
Travelers urged to avoid overnight travel due to heavy snow accumulations and potential for refreeze
RICHMOND, Va. – As the major weekend winter storm begins to wind down, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews remain focused on snow removal around the Commonwealth. This slow-moving winter storm dropped heavy snow at a rate of nearly two inches an hour in some areas across the southern and southwest parts of the state and frozen precipitation in areas east of Interstate 95.
VDOT crews continue work around the clock to plow roads in areas where accumulations have reached two inches or more, and treat roads with salt and sand to melt snow and ice.
“For your safety, we continue to urge motorists to avoid travel to provide crews and emergency service providers room to work,” said VDOT Commissioner Stephen Brich. “If we reduce travel and minimize the risk of crashes and disabled vehicles, we can help ensure that travel lanes stay open so that we can safely clear roads and reach those in need.”
Overnight travel will remain treacherous even on roads that have been treated, due to dropping pavement temperatures refreezing snow and ice on treated roadways.
VDOT is partnering with localities, emergency service providers and other state agencies to assist with emergency response and clearing roadway crashes and incidents, where needed.
What the public can do to monitor travel conditions and stay safe:
  • Track VDOT snowplows online through http://vdotplows.org/. VDOT and contractor trucks are equipped with automatic vehicle location technology, and can be monitored to see general coverage areas. The website is activated at the local level, generally when snow accumulations reach approximately two inches or more.
  • Report severe road conditions to and ask questions of VDOT’s Customer Service Center team around the clock at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/or by calling 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).
  • Find more winter travel tipsat http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp

VDOT: Avoid Unnecessary Travel During Winter Storm

VDOT: AVOID UNNECESSARY TRAVEL DURING WINTER STORM
Watch for slippery conditions, heavy accumulating snow in parts of Commonwealth
RICHMOND, Va. – Snow has arrived in the Commonwealth, and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is warning motorists to prepare for heavy snow accumulations and treacherous travel as a winter storm continues across parts of southern, central and western Virginia Sunday. While forecasted accumulation totals vary, some portions of the Commonwealth could see over a foot of snow.
VDOT crews are working around the clock to plow and treat roads in affected areas. Crews focus on treating interstates and primary roads first, then major secondary roads with vital emergency and public facilities, and then other secondary roads and subdivision streets.  As drivers encounter slow-moving equipment such as snowplows, please slow down and allow operators the right of way.
If possible, motorists should avoid unnecessary travel throughout Sunday as the storm continues. If travel is a must, tune to your local weather for the latest forecast, and check 511 for current road conditions before getting on the road. Due to the timing of snow and below-freezing temperatures forecast for overnight Sunday, some treated roads may refreeze and create a hazardous commute on Monday morning.
What the public can do to monitor travel conditions and stay safe:
  • Check current road conditions and watch real-time camera feeds of major routes at www.511virginia.org, or through the free mobile app or by phone.
  • Track VDOT snowplows online through http://vdotplows.org/. VDOT and contractor trucks are equipped with automatic vehicle location technology, and can be monitored to see general coverage areas. The website is activated at the local level, generally when snow accumulations reach approximately two inches or more.
  • Report severe road conditions to and ask questions of VDOT’s Customer Service Center team around the clock at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/ or by calling 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Virginia's Newest Official State Transportation Map Is Here

Virginia maps
RICHMOND, Va. – Adventure awaits Virginians this fall as the newest official state transportation map is fresh off the press and available at welcome centers across the Commonwealth. Created by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the map is Virginia’s official source for updated information about roads and travel. The latest edition showcases Virginia’s treasured natural wonders and can be your favorite unplugged tool to navigate to your next destination. 
“Our state map continues to be a sought-after resource,” said VDOT Commissioner Stephen C. Brich. “We circulate hundreds of thousands of maps across the Commonwealth every year.” 
New for years 2018-2020, the map highlights Virginia Tourism’s fiftieth anniversary and features many of Virginia’s naturally-occurring landmarks. Several features include the Natural Bridge, known as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a National Historic Landmark, and Luray Caverns, which is called Geology’s Hall of Fame. Great Falls, the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Burkes Garden, Natural Tunnel and Breaks Interstate Park, known as the Grand Canyon of the South, are also included. 
A map showing the state’s highway system is required by Virginia law; the first state transportation map was printed in 1922, before some roads had even been assigned numbers.
Today’s map features the latest travel routes to help you plan your next road trip. It can be found at Virginia’s welcome centers, and is available by request at rest areas and VDOT offices across the state. The map can also be ordered or printed from VDOT’s website

Monday, December 3, 2018

Governor Urges Virginians Take Action to Eliminate Roadway Injuries and Fatalities

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today urged Virginians to help drive change in the Commonwealth’s traffic safety culture by joining the Toward Zero Deaths Virginia movement. Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) is a national strategy on highway safety that uses a unified approach to change driver behavior and improve highway safety with a goal of ultimately reducing the number of traffic-related serious injuries or deaths to zero.
To launch the TZD initiative in the Commonwealth and mobilize Virginians to take action, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia Department of Transportation, with help from safety partners, created a new website at TZDVA.org.
“While Virginia recorded 843 traffic deaths last year, the good news is that 23 cities and counties experienced zero roadway fatalities,” said Governor Northam. “Still, there are too many preventable roadway tragedies—that’s why I’m encouraging Virginians take advantage of the tools available at TZDVA.org to equip themselves with the resources and data they need to make responsible decisions while driving. Together, we can improve highway safety across the Commonwealth and drive the number of roadway deaths to zero.”
TZD is a comprehensive, collaborative effort of the Virginia Departments of Motor Vehicles, Transportation, Health, Emergency Medical Services, and Virginia State Police, along with local law enforcement, federal partners, nonprofit organizations, universities, and traffic safety advocacy groups. The TZD strategy employs “the five Es”—education, enforcement, engineering, emergency response, and everyone.
“The members of these organizations work together to educate drivers, make roadways safer, and enforce the laws. The goal is to change driver behavior to create safer actions and habits by people behind the wheel,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. “If it were your loved one who had died in today’s crash, that would be unacceptable—so when you think of it that way, even one death is too many. We all must move the safe-driving message forward to bring the number of annual deaths to zero.”
TZDVA.org is a centralized, digital hub for traffic safety-related online content, providing information on healthy driving habits, traffic safety laws, and traffic safety data in easily consumable segments using graphics and videos. The site features links to more detailed safe driving information, such as the Virginia Department of Health’schild safety seat guidelines and the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services’ GrandDriver program for mature drivers.
“Every Virginian deserves a transportation network that is safe, reliable, and efficient,” said Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. “Each year we see advancements in technology and education to improve safe driving. If we take advantage of the information and tools available to us, we can all work together to create safer roadways across the Commonwealth.”

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Winter Travel Info

Stay Safe: Do NOT Travel During a Winter Storm 

Avoid Travel
Avoid travel.
Stay Indoors
The safest place during a winter storm is indoors. Learn more.PDF
70% of snow-related deaths occur in automobile crashes.
70 percent of snow-related deaths occur in automobiles.

Crews can clear roads. First-responders can respond quickly.
 511
Get current road conditions: Call or visit 511 | Download mobile app.

Call 1-800-367-ROAD or contact us with questions and issues.

Snow Removal 

Local Updates  

Winter Weather Preparations

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Snow Materials / Equipment / Budget PDF

Monday, November 26, 2018

VDOT Is Ready for Snow

VDOT IS READY FOR SNOW
More than $205 million set aside for winter weather in Virginia
snow plow
Crews outfit VDOT trucks with plows and spreaders, complete dry runs of snow routes to prepare
Crew inspects plowRICHMOND, Va. –The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is ready for winter weather, with staffing, equipment and snow removal materials in place and ready to go once it arrives.
“We prepare for winter throughout the year,” said VDOT Commissioner Stephen Brich. “With more than 128,000 lane miles of roadways to maintain statewide, our crews and staffs work tirelessly to train, place orders for materials, learn snow routes, ready our equipment and make the most of new technology. Our goal is to keep everyone safe.”
Snow Removal Resources
  • More than $205 million set aside for winter weather
  • More than 2,500 VDOT crewmembers in addition to contractors available for snow removal statewide
  • More than 11,700 pieces of snow-removal equipment, including trucks, loaders and motor graders
  • More than 700,000 tons of salt, sand and treated abrasives and more than 2.1 million gallons of liquid calcium chloride and salt brine
VDOT Plows: Online Snowplow Tracker
If snow reaches two inches or more, VDOT activates an online snow plow tracking map. VDOT and contractor trucks are equipped with automatic vehicle location technology, and can be monitored on the tracker during snow removal operations.
When It Snows
During winter, it’s important to keep a check on weather forecasts and have a winter weather driving plan ahead of time. When inclement weather arrives, motorists are encouraged to log on to 511virginia.org, or to call 511 for up-to-date information on road and traffic conditions before heading out.
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Adopt-a-Highway

Attention Adopt-a-Highway Volunteers!

VDOT encourages Adopt-a-Highway participants to schedule one of their two yearly pickups during April to coincide with “Earth Day” or in the fall to coincide with the autumn "Day to Serve." 
If your group cannot participate on those dates, or weather makes it unsafe to pick up litter, schedule your cleanups for other spring and fall dates.
The Adopt-a-Highway program provides an opportunity for you or your family, business or civic group to clean up litter.
We will recognize your efforts by erecting a sign with your group's name after two pickups have occurred and been documented. 
Each year, nearly 18,000 Adopt-a-Highway volunteers collect more than 25,600 bags of waste along Virginia’s highways. 
We estimate that saves the commonwealth over $1.35 million that would have otherwise gone to clean up Virginia’s roads. 

AAH Volunteer Obligation

AAH volunteers agree to pick up litter at least two times a year for three years over a two-mile stretch of highway.
In return, the Virginia Department of (VDOT) provides trash bags, vests, important safety information, and highway signs that recognize your group. Learn more here.

Other Opportunities

If you notice an increase in litter on a particular stretch of road, notify us at 800-PRTransportation IDEVA (800-774-3382), e-mail adoptahighway@VirginiaDOT.org or contact the Adopt-a-Highway coordinator in your area.
If the road qualifies for the Adopt-a-Highway program, we can list it as a road “most in need” of adoption.
If it does not qualify for the program, we'll forward the information to local the VDOT maintenance office.
VDOT works with other state agencies and organizations to prevent and control litter. Learn more here.
 

Northern Virginia Segments

VDOT has developed a map for its Northern Virginia District that shows highway segments that have been adopted:

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

OH, DEER! Autumn Months Mean Greater Chance Of Animal Collisions

RICHMOND, Virginia – When the leaves start to fall, deer become more active. It’s mating season, and that means that the chances of a run-in between a deer and vehicle increases. The greatest likelihood of collisions with animals occurs from October through December.                                                                                                               
deerThe Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC) – the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) research arm – is making efforts to decrease these encounters. After evaluating strategies to reduce deer-vehicle collisions, fences were installed along stretches of Interstate 64 in Albemarle County that are known to have regular wildlife activity. Located on both sides of the road, the fences keep animals from crossing and guide them to underpasses where they can safely get to the other side of the interstate. The full report detailing this strategy can be found online. 
There are currently two areas with fencing installed: one at the Ivy interchange near mile marker 114, and another near the bridge that spans the Mechums River at mile marker 110. So far, the mile-long segments of fencing have been successful in diverting deer away from the road. “There have been no deer crashes along the first fenced segment in the year and a half since it was constructed,” said VTRC Associate Principal Research Scientist Bridget Donaldson. She also noted there had been no crashes along the second segment in the seven months since it was installed.
VDOT also posts deer advisory messages on its changeable message signs along a 16.7 mile segment of I-64 between Waynesboro and Charlottesville. The messages, which have been used since 2015, are displayed during times when deer are likely to be on the move to raise awareness of possible animal activity. “VRTC found that crashes with deer are significantly lower on days the deer advisories are posted,” Donaldson said.
November is when the highest number of animal collisions occur. In fact, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute, insurance claims for animal collisions are more than twice as high in November.
How deer travel
Deer tend to travel in packs so if you spot one, it’s likely that there are more nearby. While any time of day can be active for deer travel, most deer-related accidents occur starting at dusk and during the evening. It’s important to pay special attention from 6 - 9 p.m.
How to avoid a deer-vehicle collision
  • Drive the speed limit or reduce your speed when you see deer-warning signs
  • Watch for deer between dusk and dawn, especially from October through December
  • Use bright headlights when appropriate
  • Watch for animal eyes illuminated by headlights
  • Maintain control of your vehicle when you see a deer to avoid veering into oncoming traffic or off the road
  • Always wear your seat belt
If you hit a deer, contact law enforcement in the jurisdiction where the crash occurred. If the animal is dead, you can keep the carcass after you have reported the accident, and an officer has seen the animal and provided a certificate of possession.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

From VDOT- Innovative Intersection: Roundabout

What Is Roundabout?

  • A circular, unsignalized intersection where all traffic moves counterclockwise around a central island
  • Traffic entering the roundabout slows down and yields to traffic already inside the roundabout
  • Roundabouts can be designed with one or more circulating lanes
  • Design options allow for right turns to be channelized to bypass the circulating lanes

When Should It Be Considered?

  • At intersections:
    • With heavy left-turn traffic or with similar traffic volumes on each leg
    • With crashes involving conflicting through and left-turn vehicles
    • With limited room for storing vehicles
    • Where there are limited nearby driveways

Benefits

  • Improved safety: Reduces the number of points where vehicles can cross paths and eliminates the potential for right-angle and head-on crashes.
  • Increased efficiency: Yield-controlled design means fewer stops, fewer delays and shorter queues
  • Safer speeds: Promotes lower vehicle speeds, giving drivers more time to react
  • Long-term cost effectiveness: No traffic signals means lower long-term costs for operations and maintenance
  • Aesthetics: Allows for landscaping and beautification

How to Navigate

Below shows how to navigate a roundabout intersection. Click the image to view a larger version or watch the video.
Roundabout navigation diagram

Conflict Points

The number of conflict points (locations where vehicle travel paths intersect) is one metric that can be used to evaluate the safety of an innovative intersection or interchange.
There are three categories: crossing, merging or diverging.
In general, merging and diverging conflict points — where vehicles are moving in the same direction — are associated with less severe crash types than crossing conflict points where vehicles are moving in opposite directions.
The diagrams below compare possible vehicle travel movements and associated conflict points at conventional four-leg intersections to a roundabout.
These diagrams represent a general case, with one travel lane in each direction, and do not take into account pedestrian or bicycle movements at an intersection or interchange.
When compared to a conventional four-leg intersection, a roundabout has 16 fewer crossing, 4 fewer merging, and 4 fewer diverging conflict points.

Conventional Intersection: Conflict Points

Conflict Point Diagram

Roundabout: Conflict Points

Conflict Point Diagram

Design Considerations and Screening

For detailed roundabout design criteria, see the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Road Design Manual, Appendix F, Section 2 (Intersection design, spacing standards)

Resources

Federal Highway Administration

Monday, November 12, 2018

Road Construction Ahead

Major Highway projects in Virginia: September-December, 2018
Click a construction project point on the map to view project details.
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Friday, November 9, 2018

Stakeholders To Meet On Pilot Program Relating To Heavy Vehicles

Review of Enrollment in Federal Pilot Program or Project Relating to Heavy Vehicles on the Interstate

Who: Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) staff and external stakeholders from other state agencies, as well as interested industry organizations and their representatives.
What: In response to House Bill 1276 / Senate Bill 504 of the 2018 session of the Virginia General Assembly (Chapters 553 and 554, respectively), VDOT is convening a work group to identify the implications of the Commonwealth of Virginia's participation in a federal data collection pilot program, or project involving six-axle tractor truck semitrailer combinations weighing up to 91,000 pounds, and utilizing interstate highways. 
To this end and pursuant to the legislation, VDOT seeks to consult with stakeholders in reviewing:
  • (i) The fee structure for qualifying tractor trucks
  • (ii) The axle spacing for qualifying tractor trucks
  • (iii) Issues related to reasonable access from loading facilities onto a primary or secondary highway and interstate highways
  • (iv) The sufficiency of existing data in determining if certain routes and bridges should be excluded from the federal pilot program or project, and
  • (v) Any other issues as deemed relevant or appropriate by the Department
Input from the stakeholder community is an important part of this review and as a result, three meetings with stakeholders are planned:.
Friday, July 27, 2018, 10 a.m. – noonVirginia Housing Development Authority's Virginia Housing Center 
4224 Cox Road
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060
Conference room Henrico 1
 
The focus of the first meeting was to hear from stakeholders regarding their perspectives relating to potential participation by the Commonwealth of Virginia in any such federal pilot and the elements or factors to be reviewed pursuant to the legislation. 
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, 10 a.m. – noonJames Monroe Building
101 N. 14th St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Shared conference rooms E and D
The second meeting focused on VDOT’s proposed criteria and data requirements for participation in any such pilot program. 
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, 10 a.m. - noon (Note: This is a change in the date of this meeting.)James Monroe Building
101 N. 14th St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Shared conference rooms C and D

The third and final meeting will be used to gather feedback on a draft report summarizing the results of the review, which will be provided to stakeholders prior to the meeting.
In order to ensure that meeting rooms have adequate capacity, RSVP to Keith Wandtke at Keith.Wandtke@vdot.virginia.gov, 804-786-1296, by July 24, 2018. If you have any questions prior to the meetings, forward those to Keith as well. 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Roadway Management Conferece 2018

UPDATED SCHEDULE: Public Input Sought On Transportation Projects

RICHMOND, Va. – The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) is holding nine meetings across the commonwealth through November where the public will have the opportunity to get the latest information, ask questions and provide input on the prioritization of transportation projects.
The meetings consist of an open house where attendees can review and provide feedback on the list of proposed local and regional projects that have been submitted for scoring through SMART SCALE, an objective and data-driven prioritization process to score projects according to critical transportation needs. The meetings will highlight the 468 applications for projects submitted by 158 local and regional governments across the state. 
Following the open house, a town hall session will engage public and transportation stakeholders in discussion and provide an opportunity to ask questions about transportation projects and priorities. There will be no formal public comment during the meetings.
Projects that have been determined to meet a need identified in VTrans, Virginia’s statewide transportation policy plan, will be advanced for evaluation and scoring. Scoring results will be made available to the public in January 2019.  Following public meetings in the spring, the CTB will use public feedback and the scoring data to select which projects to fund and be included in the next Six-Year Improvement Program by June of 2019.
The next public meetings are scheduled to be held at the dates, locations and times listed below:
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
at 4 p.m.
Hampton Roads District Office
7511 Burbage Drive
Suffolk, VA 23435
Thursday, November 15, 2018
at 4 p.m.
Homewood Suites–Chester
12810 Old Stage Road
Chester, VA 23836
Monday, November 19, 2018
at 4 p.m.
Lynchburg District Complex
Ramey Memorial Auditorium
4303 Campbell Avenue
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.*
NOVA District Office
Potomac Conference Room
4975 Alliance Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Thursday, November 29, 2018
at 4 p.m.*
Fredericksburg District
Office Auditorium
86 Deacon Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
*Please note that these meetings dates have changed.  
If you are unable to attend a meeting, you may view the displays and provide your comments online. You can also mail comments on highway projects to Infrastructure Investment Director, VDOT, 1401 E. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia 23219, or Six-YearProgram@VDOT.Virginia.gov or on rail, public transportation and transportation demand management to Public Information Officer, DRPT, 600 E. Main St., Suite 2102, Richmond, Virginia 23219, or DRPTPR@drpt.Virginia.gov.
Comments will be accepted until Dec. 13, 2018.
Information sources:
Information on SMART SCALE, including project applications submitted for scoring: http://vasmartscale.org/resources/default.asp.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Public Feedback Invited On Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan

RICHMOND, Va. – The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation are developing a plan to study the entire length of the Interstate 81 corridor in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
As directed in Senate Bill 971 (now 2018 Acts of Assembly Chapter 743), the study team will identify targeted improvements along I-81 and potential revenue sources that could be dedicated to improvements. SB 971 was introduced by Senators Mark Obenshain and Bill Carrico, and supported by Delegate Steve Landes with budget language in the House of Delegates budget bill. 
Feedback provided by members of communities, industries and other stakeholders will be considered as team members study the corridor throughout the summer and prepare a draft plan report in the fall. The team and the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) plan to report findings to the General Assembly in December, prior to the opening of Session in January 2019. 
The public is invited to attend the first of a series of meetings planned and provide input to the study team as work progresses. The purpose of this first series of meetings is to gather public input on safety and congestion concerns on I-81 in Virginia.
The public meetings will be held from 4-7 p.m. on the below-listed dates at the noted locations. Presentations will be held at the beginning of each meeting at 4 p.m. followed by an open house through 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018Bristol DistrictSouthwest Higher Education Center One Partnership Cir
Abingdon, VA 24210
Tuesday, June 12, 2018Staunton District (north)Strasburg High School
250 Ram DriveStrasburg, VA 22657
Wednesday, June 13, 2018Staunton District (south)Blue Ridge Community College
Plecker Center for Continuing Education
One College Lane
Weyers Cave, VA 24486
Thursday, June 14, 2018Salem DistrictHoliday Inn Valley View
3315 Ordway Drive,Roanoke, VA 24017
 Comments will be accepted at the meeting or by contacting Ben Mannell, study manager, atVA81CorridorPlan@OIPI.Virginia.gov or by mail to 1401 E. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia 23219, or by phone at 804-786-2971. The first comment period will end July 31, 2018. Additional comment opportunities will be available throughout the study.
For more information about the study, or to view meeting materials, visit http://www.VA81Corridor.org. For additional information about the CTB, visit http://www.CTB.Virginia.gov/.

Monday, June 4, 2018

VDOT Releases Draft Request For Proposals For New Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel

RICHMOND, Virginia – The Virginia Department of Transportation today released the draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Interstate 64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion Project. The draft RFP contains instructions to short-listed firms for developing individual approaches to best deliver the HRBT Expansion Project as a design-build contract under the Public-Private Transportation Act. The Draft RFP is available to short-listed firms and the public for comment at www.p3virginia.org/projects/hampton-roads-bridge-tunnel-2/
The release of the draft RFP follows the May 9, 2018, Transportation Public-Private Partnership Steering Committee’s determination that the procurement approach serves public interest. The next procurement steps will involve reviewing potential alternative technical concepts during the summer and fall of 2018, issuance of the final RFP in fall 2018 and awarding the contract in early 2019. The project team anticipates receiving technical and financial proposals by the end of 2018 and selecting the winning proposer in early 2019. Construction is expected to begin in 2019 and reach completion in 2024.
The HRBT Expansion Project will build a new bridge-tunnel adjacent to the existing HRBT, and widen the four-lane segments of I-64 in Hampton and Norfolk to ease daily congestion between the Peninsula and South Hampton Roads, a corridor vital to Virginia’s economy, military readiness and regional connectivity. Traffic on the HRBT’s existing four lanes exceeds 100,000 vehicles per day during peak summer traffic. The current project planning estimate is between $3.3 and $3.8 billion, which will be refined as the scope is more fully developed. The majority of project funding will be provided by the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, with federal support and other public resources anticipated.
Once completed, the expanded HRBT will become part of a future regional network of Express Lanes, as presented to the Commonwealth Transportation Board in July 2017, with free lanes remaining available to all motorists at all times.
Further information about the HRBT Expansion Project is also available at: www.HRBTexpansion.org.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

New Director of Transportation Innovation and Launch of I-81 Corridor Study Announced

MARION, Virginia – Today, at the monthly meeting of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB), Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine announced the director of a newly created Office of Transportation Innovation and the launch of the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan. 
Secretary Valentine announced that Lynn J. McDaniel has been named director of the Office of Innovation within the Transportation secretariat, effective May 29. The new office will reside within the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI) and will focus on coordinating innovation among the commonwealth’s transportation agencies including Aviation, the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), Virginia Space, the Virginia Port Authority, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Department of Motor Vehicles. 
“We have chosen an exceptional leader to take the helm of this new initiative,” said Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. “Lynn McDaniel’s strength in technology management and business development will allow her to integrate government and private sector strategies to solve transportation problems and expand business opportunities.”
The office will work across Virginia’s multimodal transportation system to identify opportunities, coordinate research, and create an entrepreneurial environment within the transportation sector. Its work will include Connected Corridors, Data Analytics, Integrated Applications, and Unmanned Systems that span space, land, water and aviation.
McDaniel most recently served in leadership positions with Advantus Strategies LLC, WorldView Solutions Inc., and Virginia Interactive LLC. Throughout her career, McDaniel managed corporate strategic relationships and spearheaded technologically-based business solutions.
“Transportation is at a critical juncture that will require nimble navigation of technology and innovation,” said Transportation Deputy Secretary Nicholas Donohue. “Lynn’s combination of experience and business acuity will ensure continued success and propel our efforts forward.”
During the meeting, the launch of the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan was presented to the board. As directed in Senate Bill 971, the CTB, supported by OIPI, VDOT and DRPT, will study I-81 to identify priorities along the 325 miles and potential revenue sources that could be dedicated to improvements. 
“This corridor is critical to the economic vitality of the Bristol, Salem and Staunton districts, and to our entire commonwealth,” said Secretary Valentine. “The study’s focus on safety, reliability and resiliency is vital to trucking, business and manufacturing sectors.” 
“The I-81 corridor serves nearly 12 million trucks per year, which make up 42 percent of all interstate truck traffic in Virginia,” said Transportation Deputy Secretary Donohue. “As such a significant component of Virginia’s economy, this is a solid investment to make.” 
SB 971 was introduced by senators Mark Obenshain and Bill Carrico, and supported by Del. Steve Landes with budget language in the House of Delegates budget bill. The I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan will begin with public meetings to solicit community, industry and stakeholder feedback throughout the summer, with a draft plan report expected in the fall. The first public hearing will be in the Bristol District on June 6. The CTB plans to report its findings to the General Assembly in December, prior to the opening of session in January 2019.
The board also awarded a $21.3-million contract to Haymes Brothers Inc. of Chatham to design and build the two bridges that carry I-81 over Route 8, which includes ramp modifications at Exit 114, just south of the Christiansburg corporate limits. Project completion is expected in fall 2021.  
“The new bridges will replace those aging in this busy area,” said VDOT Commissioner Stephen Brich. “Approximately 37,000 vehicles travel over these bridges every day. By replacing these bridges now, we will capitalize on benefits that will accommodate the expected rise in traffic volumes - over 57,000 vehicles per day by the year 2040.”
Appointed by the governor, the 17-member CTB establishes the administrative policies for Virginia's transportation system. The CTB allocates highway funding to specific projects, locates routes and provides funding for airports, seaports and public transportation.
For more information:

Monday, April 30, 2018

Commonwealth Shortlists Firms For Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion

RICHMOND, Virginia – Three private-sector teams will be invited to submit technical proposals and prices to design and construct the Interstate 64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has concluded its evaluation of Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) with the shortlisting of private-sector teams, with three submitting SOQs to the department on March 2, 2018, in response to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) dated Dec.15, 2017.
 “These three candidate teams are strong contenders for the next steps in the competitive process,” said Stephen C. Brich, VDOT commissioner. “We are looking forward to learning more about each team’s specific plans and capabilities to deliver this vital project.”
The RFQ gave the teams the option of submitting an SOQ under both or either a Bored Tunnel construction method or an Immersed Tube Tunnel construction method. Both construction methods are currently under consideration by the department. The shortlisted teams are below in alphabetical order:
1. Hampton Roads Capacity Constructors
Lead contractors: Fluor Enterprises Inc. / The Lane Construction Corp. / Traylor Bros. Inc. / Dragages Civil Works Virginia Inc.  
Lead designer: AECOM Technical Services Inc.
Design support: Michael Baker International / Royal HaskoningDHV and Witteveen+Bos Joint Venture / Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
*Shortlisted for Bored Tunnel and Immersed Tube Tunnel construction methods.
2. Hampton Roads Connector Partners
Lead contractors: Dragados USA Inc. / VINCI Construction Grands Projets SAS / Dodin Campenon Bernard SAS Joint Venture
Lead designer: I-64 Design Joint Venture (HDR Engineering Inc. / Mott MacDonald)
Design support: Whitman Requardt and Associates LLP / Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc. / Precision Measurements Inc. / AI Engineers Inc. / GET Solutions Inc. / Mattern & Craig / Athavale Lystad & Associates Inc./ Diversified Property Services Inc.
*Shortlisted for Bored Tunnel and Immersed Tube Tunnel construction methods.
3. Skanska Kiewit Joint Venture
Lead contractors: Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc. / Kiewit Infrastructure Co.
Lead designer: WSP USA Inc.
Design support: COWI / Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc / CAPITA
*Shortlisted for Immersed Tube Tunnel construction method
All three teams will be invited to submit detailed technical proposals and binding prices in fall 2018 for one tunnel construction method. Further information on the procurement will be provided in a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) targeted for release in May 2018.
The HRBT expansion construction will build a new four-lane bridge-tunnel and widen the existing four-lane segments of I-64 between Settlers Landing and I-564, to ease congestion between Hampton and Norfolk. The contract award is anticipated in early 2019 with project completion targeted in 2024.
For more information about the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project procurement process, visit: http://www.p3virginia.org/projects/hampton-roads-bridge-tunnel-2/. For more information about the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project, visit: http://www.hrbtexpansion.org/.