News Briefs

Teaching Work Zone Safety

Work zone safety classApril 13, 2018: VDOT employees with a personal stake in work-zone safety are sharing their message with Virginia’s newest motorists.

Transportation operator Steve Bell from the Berryville Area Headquarters is visiting a half-dozen high schools in the Staunton District this semester to talk with driver-education students about work zone safety.

His presentation includes videos and sobering statistics, as well as personal stories from his time on the job.

“Not too long ago we had a driver go past our flagger and slam right in a backhoe. Thankfully everyone was okay, but her car literally came apart,” Steve told the students.

“If your eyes are ahead, you’re going to be fine. It’s when your eyes are elsewhere that you’ll get in trouble."

Representatives from VDOT’s Northwest Regional Operations are visiting additional high schools this semester to combat distracted driving.

These outreach efforts stress the 2018 theme for National Work Zone Awareness Week – “Everyone’s Responsibility.”

VDOT's Lynchburg District Fights Hunger

Lynchburg District food drive heldMarch 28, 2018: As a part of the recent Martin Luther KKing Jr. Day of Caring, VDOT's Lynchburg District complex and the Appomattox residency held a food drive to support the Lynchburg Area Food Bank.

The event was a huge success.

In addition to 53 pounds of personal hygiene products, employees collected and donated 1,588 pounds of food – the equivalent of 1,135 meals – to be shared with 53 local families.

“I appreciate and applaud the caring and support demonstrated by these employees,” said district Civil Rights Manager Phyllis Brice. “We got a little creative this year and that added to our totals.”

District complex employees were given tickets for each item they turned in and were entered into a drawing for a Walmart gift card.

The various Appomattox residency area headquarters competed against one another, with the group donating the most winning a cookout from residency management.

Chip Seal Crew Gets The Job Done

Chip seal crewMarch 15, 2018: Last spring, the VDOT Culpeper District’s Warrenton Residency took a hard look at the condition of its pavement and realized that contract work wouldn’t be enough to address the secondary roads in its three counties.

To supplement, they brought together the skills and experience of 10 maintenance staff as a regional chip seal crew.

Also called tar-and-chip or surface treatment, chip seal is a cost-effective treatment that extends the service life of pavement on roads with low traffic volumes.

Over four months, the crew used 184,000 gallons of asphalt and 5,000 tons of stone to resurface an equivalent of 109 centerline miles of roads.

Their work even included applying surface treatment to several gravel roads under VDOT’s Rural Rustic Roads program.

The quality of their product rivals contract services and averaged 25 to 30 percent less in cost,” said Warrenton Resident Engineer Mark Nesbit.

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