2012 News Releases - Statewide

Dec. 28, 2012
VDOT CREWS PREPARE FOR SATURDAY WEATHER
Light snow is forecast for the Fredericksburg area on Saturday morning, with accumulation expected mostly on grassy areas

Dec. 27, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES VDOT, NAVY AGREE TO BUILD I-564 INTERMODAL CONNECTOR
Project will improve traffic flow to Naval Station Norfolk, Port of Virginia

Dec. 21, 2012
VDOT to Hold Public Hearings for the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Environmental Impact Statement

Dec. 21, 2012
VDOT READY FOR YEAR-END TRAVEL
Most lane closures lifted for Christmas and New Year’s holidays

Dec. 20, 2012
Governor McDonnell Announces That Commonwealth Signs Comprehensive Agreement and Reaches Financial Close to Build the New Route 460 in Southeast Virginia
~Project to greatly improve transportation, create thousands of jobs and have a multi-billion dollar economic impact~

Dec. 14, 2012
VDOT ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF ENGINEER

Dec. 6, 2012
PUBLIC HEARINGS PLANNED FOR I-64 PENINSULA STUDY
Public invited to review results from environmental study

Dec. 5, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ADDRESS HIS ANNUAL STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE; 'OPPORTUNITIES IN MOTION'
Governor Will Unveil Transportation Funding Proposal For 2013 General Assembly Session in Weeks Ahead

Nov. 30, 2012
VDOT IS READY FOR WINTER WEATHER
Budget for 2012-2013 snow-removal activities is $145 million

Nov. 30, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL TO HOST STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE 'OPPORTUNITIES IN MOTION'
Conference Will Showcase Virginia's Transportation Agencies and Programs

Nov. 19, 2012
VDOT TO HOLD CITIZEN INFORMATION MEETINGS ON I-95 TOLLING PROPOSAL

Nov. 16, 2012
VDOT LIFTS LANE CLOSURES FOR THANKSGIVING TRAVEL
Online holiday traffic-congestion map will help in trip planning

Nov. 13, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES 495 EXPRESS LANES OPENING THIS WEEK
Project Brings Thousands of Jobs and New Travel Choices to Virginia

Oct. 31, 2012
495 EXPRESS LANES TO OPEN AS EARLY AS NOV. 17

Oct. 30, 2012
VIRGINIA ROAD CONDITIONS ARE IMPROVING – 6:00 PM
All major roads clear, snow conditions in the west, some flooded secondary roads in Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads and Staunton regions

Oct. 30, 2012
STORM IMPACT ON VIRGINIA’S ROADS – 7:45 AM
Downed trees, secondary road flooding and snow/ice conditions

Oct. 29, 2012
HURRICANE SANDY IMPACT ON VIRGINIA’S ROADS – 6:30 PM, OCT. 29, 2012

Oct. 29, 2012
HURRICANE SANDY IMPACT ON VIRGINIA’S ROADS
Motorists urged to limit travel on roadways

Oct. 26, 2012
VDOT CREWS ARE WELL PREPARED FOR HURRICANE SANDY
All roads and facilities prepared for hurricane conditions

Oct. 17, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES PRIVATE TEAM SELECTED TO DESIGN, BUILD AND FINANCE NEW ROUTE 460 IN SOUTHEAST VIRGINIA
Work to begin next year; will reduce congestion, provide emergency evacuation route, and will spur job creation and economic development for Hampton Roads and the commonwealth

Oct. 5, 2012
MOTORIST ALERT – TUNNEL CLOSURE: VIRGINIA’S I-64 EAST HAMPTON ROADS BRIDGE-TUNNEL TO NORFOLK AND VIRGINIA BEACH WILL CLOSE WEEKEND NIGHTS OCTOBER 19-22

Oct. 5, 2012
NEW 'BICYCLING IN VIRGINIA' MAP AVAILABLE
Free bike maps available at all Virginia Welcome Centers and local visitor centers

Oct. 1, 2012
COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

Sept. 13, 2012
VIRGINIA RECEIVES $52 MILLION IN 'BONUS' FEDERAL FUNDING FOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
Additional funding originally allocated to other states will go toward projects in the pipeline ready for work to begin in Virginia

Sept. 7, 2012
VDOT ANNOUNCES ‘E-ZPASS ON-THE-GO’ RETAILERS
AAA Mid-Atlantic, Wegmans and Giant are first to join Virginia’s ‘E-ZPass On-the-Go’ retail program

Sept. 5, 2012
COMMONWEALTH MOVES FORWARD ON U.S. ROUTE 460 CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT IN SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA
Latest project documents posted online this week

Aug. 30, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES 'SAFE PHONE ZONES' SAFETY REST AREA SPONSORSHIP WITH GEICO
Virginia is first in nation to launch rest area sponsorship program with focus on reducing distracted driving

Aug. 27, 2012
VDOT READY FOR LABOR DAY HOLIDAY TRAVEL
New video shows travel tools to help motorists plan trips, avoid congestion

Aug. 23, 2012
MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES PROGRESS TOWARD I-81 IMPROVEMENTS IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA
VDOT begins Tier 2 Environmental Study for I-81 between Roanoke and Christiansburg

Aug. 20, 2012
MAJOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN VIRGINIA BRING FASTER TRAVEL, NEW CHOICES AND MORE JOBS
$14 billion worth of projects under way or in procurement process

Aug. 7, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES CONTRUCTION BEGINS TODAY ON I-95 EXPRESS LANES IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Groundbreaking marks new era for transportation choices

Aug. 1, 2012
Virginia Seeking Public Input on the Future of Its Transportation System
Statewide plans available for review and comment at upcoming meetings

July 31, 2012
Governor McDonnell Announces Contract to Build 95 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia
– VDOT reaches comprehensive agreement and financial close with private-sector companies to deliver I-95 HOV/HOT lanes project –

July 25, 2012
VIRGINIA LAUNCHES E-ZPASS FLEX
Becomes first in the nation to offer multi-mode E-ZPass, reflecting growing transportation options for Northern Virginia drivers

July 19, 2012
CONTRACT AWARDED FOR INTERSTATE 581 / ELM AVENUE INTERCHANGE IMPROVEMENTS IN ROANOKE

July 10, 2012
VDOT ANNOUNCES CALL FOR PROPOSALS TO ENHANCE TRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS CENTERS

July 9, 2012
VDOT ANNOUNCES E-ZPASS FEE STRUCTURE
No monthly fee for current users; no monthly fee for HOV-3 carpools; no $25 deposit for new transponders

July 6, 2012
HIGH TEMPS PUT VDOT CREWS ON ALERT FOR BUCKLING PAVEMENT
Motorcyclists asked to use extra caution

July 6, 2012
GOVERNOR ISSUES JULY 6 UPDATE ON RECOVERY FROM DERECHO
Power Outages Down to 70,000; Citizens Advised to Take Precautions Against Heat Wave

July 6, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ISSUES THURSDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE ON VIRGINIA'S RECOVERY FROM JUNE'S HISTORIC DERECHO STORM
Power Outages Down to 95,475 Statewide, All 911 Services Restored, Human Toll Rises to 13

July 5, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ISSUES UPDATE ON VIRGINIA'S RECOVERY FROM JUNE'S HISTORIC DERECHO STORM
Power Outages Down to 107,300 Statewide, All 911 Services Restored, Human Toll Stands at 12

July 4, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ISSUES JULY 4 UPDATE ON VIRGINIA'S RECOVERY FROM JUNE'S HISTORIC DERECHO STORM
Power outages decrease to 176,928 customers statewide; storm-related fatalities increase to 12

July 3, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ISSUES NEW UPDATE ON VIRGINIA'S RECOVERY FROM WEEKEND STORMS
Power Outages Reduced to 286,000 Customers Statewide; Down from 1.2 Million Customers at Peak on Saturday; Outages Down 123,000 Over Last 12 Hours; All Hospitals Back on Grid Power

July 2, 2012
VDOT CREWS CLEAR ROADS IMPACTED BY THREE NIGHTS OF STORMS
Several roads closed due to downed power lines

July 1, 2012
VDOT CREWS CONTINUE TO CLEAR STORM-IMPACTED ROADS

June 30, 2012
VDOT CREWS CLEARING STORM-IMPACTED ROADS
250 roads impacted statewide

June 26, 2012
VDOT PREPARED FOR FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY TRAVEL
New travel tools can help motorists declare independence from heavy traffic

June 25, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES NEW HUGUENOT MEMORIAL BRIDGE TO OPEN IN RICHMOND JUNE 30

June 20, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES VIRGINIA INFRASTRUCTURE BANK FINANCES $160 MILLION IN TRANSPORTATION

June 20, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES $11.4 BILLION IN TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS
Commonwealth Transportation Board approves Six-Year Improvement Program

June 20, 2012
$136 MILLION DESIGN-BUILD CONTRACT AWARDED
Commonwealth Transportation Board action moves Charlottesville Bypass project forward

June 13, 2012
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR I-395 HOV/TRANSIT RAMP TO SEMINARY ROAD APPROVED

June 5, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES DRAFT PUBLIC-PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION ACT 'PIPELINE' OF PROJECTS
Virginia's Next Generation of Potential PPTA Investments

May 29, 2012
VDOT ACCEPTS PUBLIC COMMENTS FOR PROPOSED E-ZPASS FEE THROUGH JUNE 12, 2012

May 25, 2012
VDOT CALLS FOR PRIVATE SECTOR PROPOSALS TO BUILD A NEW ROUTE 460 IN SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA
Private sector teams compete to design, build and finance the new roadway

May 24, 2012
VDOT LAUNCHES SAFETY SERVICE PATROL FOR PORTIONS OF I-81, I-77, I-66 AND I-64

May 23, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES NEW AND IMPROVED 511 VIRGINIA TRAFFIC INFORMATION SYSTEM
New system features mobile app, improved website and enhanced voice recognition software

May 21, 2012
VDOT AND ERC ENGAGE SMALL BUSINESSES IN MIDTOWN TUNNEL PROJECT
Project brings regional economic development through work opportunities in Virginia and Maryland

May 21, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES NEW ELECTRONIC MESSAGE SIGNS TO HELP MOTORISTS 'REACH THE BEACH'
Signs will display quickest route to Virginia Beach Oceanfront and Outer Banks Expressway

May 18, 2012
VDOT PREPARES FOR SUMMER TRAVEL SEASON
Lane closures will be lifted over the Memorial Day holiday weekend

May 15, 2012
FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE QUARTER, VDOT SURPASSES ON-TIME / ON-BUDGET GOALS FOR PROJECT COMPLETION

May 14, 2012
COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD TO HOLD MAY MEETING IN BRISTOL TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT
CTB meeting May 16 at 8:30 a.m.; media availability with transportation leaders at 11:30 a.m.

April 25, 2012
GOV MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES 'WORK ZONE AWARENESS WEEK'

April 24, 2012
VDOT ANNOUNCES TENTATIVE ENHANCEMENT GRANTS
Public input sought on tentative grant allocations

April 20, 2012
NATIONAL WORK ZONE AWARENESS WEEK IS APRIL 23-27
VDOT urges motorists to be vigilant in highway work zones and “Go Orange” on April 25

April 19, 2012
E-ZPASS FEE STRUCTURE UNDER CONSIDERATION

April 18, 2012
PROPOSED SIX-YEAR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM RELEASED
Public input sought on draft plan, meetings to be held across the state

April 18, 2012
COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD ALLOCATES FUNDING FOR TOLL DELAY ON MIDTOWN TUNNEL PROJECT IN HAMPTON ROADS REGION

April 16, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES VDOT AND ERC REACH FINANCIAL CLOSE ON MIDTOWN TUNNEL PROJECT IN HAMPTON ROADS REGION
Toll collection delay pending action by the Commonwealth Transportation Board; Construction to begin on new Midtown tunnel, MLK extension and other improvements by summer 2012

April 13, 2012
ROAD CONSTRUCTION WORK MAY STOP TEMPORARILY DUE TO STATE BUDGET IMPASSE

April 3, 2012
INDUSTRY EXPERTS SELECTED TO SUPPORT TRANSPORTATION PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

March 2, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES MORE THAN 30 FIRMS ANSWER CALL TO ENHANCE TRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS CENTERS

Feb. 23, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES $400 MILLION WORTH OF PAVING CONTRACTS TO BEGIN WORK IN THE SPRING OR EARLIER
Roadways across the state will be improved

Feb. 22, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES SUPPORT AND FUNDING FOR SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
Program benefits students in grades K-8

Feb. 15, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES VDOT MEETS OR EXCEEDS ALL PROJECT COMPLETING AND BUDGET GOALS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS
Report for second quarter of FY 2012 now available

Feb. 14, 2012
Governor McDonnell Announces Safety Service Patrol Expands to Central Virginia Roadways
– Mobile units provide rapid traffic control on interstates during emergencies –

Feb. 9, 2012
Governor McDonnell Announces 495 Express Lanes Project Brings Nearly $450 Million in Small Business Contracting
VDOT and Transurban-Fluor Small Business Contracting Performance Exceeds Earlier Commitments

Feb. 7, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL'S TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM PROVIDES MILLIONS IN INCOME AND TAX REVENUE PLUS SEVERAL THOUSAND JOBS

Feb. 2, 2012
Governor McDonnell Announces the Commonwealth Transportation Board Saves Nearly $26 Million in Refinancing Deal for Improvements
The Commonwealth Takes Advantage of Historic Low Tax-Exempt Interest Rates

Feb. 1, 2012
Governor McDonnell Announces Pavement Recycling Methods Save Time, Money and Materials During Construction
I-81 recycling project wins national award

Jan. 25, 2012
GOV MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES ONLINE WEB TOOL THAT TRACKS SNOWPLOW PROGRESS IN NEIGHBORHOODS
Web tool is being tested in Northern Virginia

Jan. 24, 2012
ROUTE 460 CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT PROJECT TO GROW VIRGINIA'S ECONOMY
Chmura Economics and Analytics Report Highlights Economic Impact of Governor's Initiative

Jan. 23, 2012
Private Sector Innovation Wanted for Transportation Operations Centers
Governor McDonnell announces VDOT has opened the gates to competition on private sector ideas

Jan. 20, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS OF 2012 TRANSPORTATION PLAN
Package Includes New Dedicated Funding For Maintenance, Promotes Economic Development and Job Creation, and Reforms Virginia's Transportation Organizations

Jan. 19, 2012
VDOT SOLICITS REQUEST FOR INFORMATION TO DEVELOP ADVANCED TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

Jan. 18, 2012
GOV. MCDONNELL ANNOUNCES VIRGINIA TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE BANK FINANCES CHESAPEAKE DOMINION BOULEVARD PROJECT
City scheduled to begin construction this summer on its top transportation priority

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