News Briefs

Richmond District Hosts Student Visit to Benjamin Harrison Memorial Bridge

students visit bridgeMay 5, 2017: Employees from VDOT's Richmond District recently hosted a tour of the Benjamin Harrison Memorial Bridge over the James River in Charles City/Prince George counties for a group of seven students from the Bridging Communities Regional Career and Technical Center of New Kent.

Southern Region Area Construction Engineer Ron Hobson, Construction Quality Improvement Program Manager Jason Archer of Central Office and Benjamin Harrison Bridge crew member Raymond Atkinson gave the aspiring engineers an overview of the bridge’s construction and history and answered their questions.

The class then toured the bridge’s control room and elevator, learning more about its makeup and the mechanics used to raise the bridge’s lift span for marine traffic.

“Many thanks for hosting our visit to the Benjamin Harrison Bridge,” said Pat Roane, Bridging Communities engineering and technology instructor. “One word describes the afternoon: priceless.”

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.”


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