News Briefs

Work Zone Safety Is In Your Hands

Work zone posterMarch 31, 2017:Drive toward zero crashes. Work zone safety is in your hands” is this year’s theme for National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 3-7.

This year’s campaign reminds drivers that caution and vigilance are essential for safety on both sides of the orange cones.

On Tuesday, April 4, the Maryland Department of Transportation will kick off the 2017 national event in Montgomery County, Maryland.

That evening at 6:30 p.m., a vigil will be held at the VDOT Workers’ Memorial on Afton Mountain to honor VDOTers who lost their lives in work zones.

Wednesday, April 5, will be “Go Orange Day,” when VDOT staff and the public are encouraged to wear orange to increase awareness.

Be sure to send your photos from Go Orange Day to

Check out our social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Instagram that will use the hash tags #NWZAW, #GoOrangeVA and #InYourHands.

Three Generations Keep Virginia Moving

CulbertsonsMarch 14, 2017: The year was 1947. Mark Culbertson was working at a cemetery and delivering papers when, in search of something different, he added a VDOT job to his schedule: a crew called Survey Party 32.

“All-around good times,” Mark recalled recently, smiling at memories like his encounter with a snake and working on roads that he helped make safer.

In 1976, Mark’s son Lee needed a job. Once again, VDOT called with an opportunity – again in surveying. 

By 1989, Lee had worked up to party chief of Survey Party 32 – his father’s old crew. He now works in maintenance and recently celebrated more than 40 years at VDOT.

The family pipeline didn’t stop there. 

Last year, Lee’s son Shane began working with VDOT in records retention.

Mark said he’s proud of his legacy: three generations in transportation and “the best job you could have.”


VDOT Hosts House of Delegate Pages for an Amazing Race

Pages and Tinker toysFeb. 17, 2017: The VDOT Human Resources Division Talent Management team hosted House of Delegate pages for an Amazing Race on Feb. 13.

The middle school-aged pages traveled to timed, interactive stations where they participated in bridge building with Tinkertoys, controlling a traffic light, viewing cameras on the 511 Virginia website and extinguishing a simulated fire. 

They also played the “Price is Right” to identify costs for equipment such as cones and a dump truck.

“The students learned that VDOT’s work is fun. The activities were fast-paced, interactive and appealing to middle-schoolers,” Pipeline Programs Manager Pamela Koger-McElwain said.

Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick welcomed the students, and Deputy Secretary of Transportation Grindly Johnson encouraged them to take advantage of every opportunity.


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