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VDOT Inspires Richmond's Youth

Mission Tomorrow gatheringJan. 18, 2018: The Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) Talent Programs Team partnered with Chamber RVA recently for Mission Tomorrow, an event encouraging students to explore career interests and in-demand jobs from more than 100 businesses in the Richmond region.

“The Mission Tomorrow event provided students the opportunity to imagine what their future could bring,” said Core Development Program Associate Rachel Harvey.

“It was gratifying to see a possible path for their future being formed right in front of me.”

Mission Tomorrow is an annual event that continues to grow.

This year it hosted more than 140 businesses and about 12,000 public school eighth graders from eight localities:

  • Charles City County
  • Chesterfield County
  • Goochland County
  • Hanover County
  • Henrico County
  • New Kent County
  • Powhatan County
  • Richmond

Eighth grade is a critical year for students as they decide on coursework for the remainder of their high school years and beyond.

The Talent Programs Team is committed to outreach initiatives such as these to share the transportation career opportunities VDOT has to offer.

Fire Drill In The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel

tunnel fire exerciseJan. 10, 2018: About 80 people gathered after midnight on a recent Sunday at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) to practice emergency response efforts with a simulated vehicle fire in the eastbound tube.

Major components of the exercise included a non-toxic smoke machine, role-playing evacuees whose cars were stopped behind the “fire,” and a long-range acoustic device that was tested for providing instructions in such an emergency.

The facility’s fans quickly pulled the thick white cloud of smoke out of the tunnel while a fire engine entered from the opposite direction.

Firefighters unrolled a hose, connected it to water and doused an area of the road. 

The exercise, which began at 2 a.m. with a one-hour window while eastbound traffic was stopped, also involved the HRBT control room and featured Virginia Department of Transportation employees, contractors, Virginia State Police, and Hampton and Norfolk Fire and Rescue.

Organizers called the drill a success and noted all objectives were accomplished safely and on time.

VDOT Helps Teach Traffic Safety

traffic safety meetingJan. 4, 2018: As a part of Teen Driver Safety Week, VDOT Southwest Operations employees teamed up with other traffic safety organizations in Roanoke to make young drivers more aware of the daily hazards they face on the road and what they can do to drive more safely.

With more than 300 driver’s education students in attendance, Anne Booker, Alex Vandyke, Lindsey Hodges, Nathan O’Kane and Brett Randolph interacted with the students and answered some great questions while students navigated through their sample work zone.

Students also participated in various driving simulations and learned about the many types of distracted driving.

Getting young drivers to recognize distracted driving was part of overall goal for the event.

“I hope that they come away from the event with a greater perspective on safe driving and more focused on their personal safety and the safety of others,” Randolph said.

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