Marshall M. Herman 804-692-2134
Oct. 6, 2016
PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON PRIORITIZING TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
Public meetings to be held October through December
RICHMOND, Va. – The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) will hold nine public meetings across the commonwealth from October through December on prioritizing transportation projects.
The public is invited to get the latest information, ask questions and provide input on transportation projects. This year’s meetings will consist of an open house where attendees can review and provide feedback on the list of proposed local and regional projects that have been submitted for scoring through the SMART SCALE prioritization process.
Following the open house, a town hall session will engage public and transportation stakeholders in discussion and provide an opportunity to ask questions about the projects. There will be no formal public comment during the meetings.
Signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, SMART SCALE (formerly known as House Bill 2) is an objective and data-driven “prioritization” process to score projects according to critical transportation needs.
The meetings will highlight the 436 applications for projects submitted by 148 local and regional governments across the state. The applications request $9.25 billion in funding through SMART SCALE with a total value of $12.09 billion in total project value.
Projects that have been determined to meet a need identified in VTrans, Virginia’s statewide transportation policy plan, will be advanced for evaluation and scoring. Scoring results will be made available to the public. Following public meetings in the spring, the CTB will use public feedback and the scoring data to select which projects to fund and be included in the next Six-Year Improvement Program by June of 2017.
Open house begins at 4:00 pm in each of the locations except for Northern Virginia:
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016
Richmond District Auditorium
2430 Pine Forest Drive
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016
Salem Civic Center
1001 Roanoke Boulevard
Salem, VA 24153
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016
Blue Ridge Community College Plecker Center for Continuing Education
One College Lane
Weyers Cave, VA 24486
Tuesday, Nov. 1,2016*
Germanna Community College Center for Workforce & Community Education
10000 Germanna Point Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Monday, Nov. 7, 2016
Southwest Virginia Community College
Community Center Auditorium
724 Community College Road
Cedar Bluff, VA 24609
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016
Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization
723 Woodlake Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016
Lynchburg District Office
Ramey Memorial Auditorium
4219 Campbell Avenue
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016*
Northern Virginia District Office
4975 Alliance Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
*Meeting starts at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016
Culpeper District Auditorium
1601 Orange Road
Culpeper, VA 22701
*A public hearing, including a formal public comment period will be held for the Atlantic Gateway projects in conjunction with the meetings in Fredericksburg and Northern Virginia.
If you are unable to attend a meeting, you may view the displays and provide your comments online.
You can also mail comments on highway projects to Infrastructure Investment Director, VDOT, 1401 E. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia 23219, or Six-YearProgram@VDOT.Virginia.gov or on rail, public transportation and transportation demand management to Public Information Officer, DRPT, 600 E. Main St., Suite 2102, Richmond, Virginia 23219, or DRPTPR@drpt.Virginia.gov and .
Comments will be accepted until Dec. 22, 2016.
Information on SMART SCALE, including project applications submitted for scoring: http://vasmartscale.org/resources/default.asp.
Public meeting information: http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/syip/meeting_materials.asp.
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.