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Feb. 25, 2010



VDOT COMPLETES OBLIGATION OF ALL VIRGINIA HIGHWAY STIMULUS FUNDING
$695 million in projects obligated by state and federal government one week ahead of legislated deadline

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) received approval Feb. 24 from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to obligate funding on its final project using American Reinvestment and Recovery Act money to improve Virginia’s transportation system. 

Virginia received $694.5 million in highway funding under the stimulus legislation, and was required to have its allocation obligated by March 2, 2010.

“VDOT staff have worked very closely with localities, metropolitan planning organizations and FHWA to ensure that we continued our track record of meeting or exceeding every deadline outlined in the stimulus legislation,” said Acting Commissioner Greg Whirley. “We are dedicated in this difficult economy to maximizing every possible dollar of federal funding available to develop projects and create jobs that have a lasting impact on the lives of every Virginian.”

Every state was given the March 2 deadline to have its total allocation obligated, meaning the projects have been certified by the state and approved for reimbursement from FHWA. 

Because Virginia obligated all of it stimulus funding on time, the commonwealth is positioned to accept additional stimulus funding not obligated by other states before the deadline.

Virginia’s priorities are to use stimulus funding to address deficient pavements, structurally deficient bridges and much-needed highway capacity and rail improvements to improve the economic competitiveness of the commonwealth and offer safe, reliable transportation options for all Virginians.

Virginia’s highway projects included 68 projects obligated by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) and 54 projects obligated by the metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). 

Of the 68 CTB-obligated projects, $413.7 million in work on 45 projects has already been advertised for bidding, and $287.1 million of work for 40 projects has already been awarded to contractors. Of the 54 MPO projects, $2.8 million has been advertised for two projects, and seven projects with a value of $6.8 million have been awarded.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law by President Obama on Feb.17, 2009.

Fast Facts

  • Virginia received a total of $694.5 million in highway stimulus funding.

  • Virginia has met every deadline and requirement set forth in the ARRA legislation.

  • $117.8 million of this stimulus funding will be for projects selected by the state’s five large urban metropolitan planning organizations.

  • $101.6 million is targeted to improve or replace structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridges and culverts.

  • $142.5 million is targeted toward repaving or overlaying roads in Virginia.

  • $76.9 million is targeted to fund improvements necessary near expanding military installations supporting 21,400 jobs.

  • $37.3 million is targeted to improve Virginia’s rail network and access to the Port of Virginia.

  • $20.8 million is targeted to be used for enhancement projects.

  • $197.4 million is targeted to advance much-needed congestion-relief projects including building new roadways.

For more information about the Virginia highway ARRA projects, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/newsroom/stimulus_info.asp

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