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May 27, 2021
CELEBRATE TRANSPORTATION TODAY
Virginia’s third annual celebration highlights multimodal transportation and Virginia is for Lovers, Not Litter campaign
RICHMOND, Va. — Celebrate Transportation Day is celebrated each year to recognize the importance of transportation in the Commonwealth. The 2021 commemoration highlights Virginia’s multimodal transportation network and the statewide anti-litter campaign, Virginia is for Lovers, Not Litter.
May 21, 2021
VDOT SUPPORTS YOUR CLEAR CRUISE TO MEMORIAL DAY COOKOUTS
VDOT lifts most lane closures; provides traffic and travel information to plan ahead
RICHMOND, Va. – With the delectable aroma of Memorial Day weekend cookouts enticing travel across Virginia, drivers are encouraged to plan ahead to make it to their destinations safely.
The Virginia Department of Transportation will make travel easier by suspending most highway work zones and lifting most lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon on Friday, May 28 until noon on Tuesday, June 1.
April 27, 2021
INTERSTATE 81 ADVISORY COMMITTEE SETS VIRTUAL MEETING FOR APRIL 28
RICHMOND, Va. – The Interstate 81 Advisory Committee has scheduled a virtual meeting for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Members of the public are invited to participate by viewing the meeting online and submitting questions over the phone.
April 26, 2021
SPRING BRINGS INCREASE IN ROAD WORK ACROSS VIRGINIA
Work Zone Awareness Week Reminds Motorists to Drive Safely in Highway Work Zones
RICHMOND, Va. – This week, April 26-30, is National Work Zone Awareness Week. The observance, held annually at the start of highway construction season, reminds drivers that they play an important role in keeping everyone safe.
April 22, 2021
VDOT Recognizes Earth Day with Call for Litter-free Roadways
RICHMOND, Va. – In conjunction with Earth Day, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is reaffirming its commitment to a clean environment and litter-free roadways and encouraging all Virginians to participate in the Virginia is for Lovers, Not Litter campaign by taking the No Love for Litter pledge on LoversNotLitter.org.
April 21, 2021
COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD INVITES PUBLIC FEEDBACK ON TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS, INITIATIVES
Public encouraged to provide input on projects that are recommended for funding at virtual public meetings, online, by email, and by mail
RICHMOND, Va. – The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) will host nine virtual meetings across the Commonwealth and is inviting the public to share feedback on transportation projects that have been recommended for funding, as well as other transportation initiatives. Members of the community may participate by attending virtual public meetings or submitting comments online, by email, or by mail.
March 19, 2021
VDOT Receives International Award for Public-Private Partnerships
Office of Public-Private Partnerships recognized for leadership in innovative project delivery
RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Office of Public-Private Partnerships have been named a Public Sector Procurer of the Year by industry publication P3 Bulletin.
February 17, 2021
VDOT PREPARED FOR ANOTHER ROUND OF WINTER WEATHER
Significant snow, ice expected to impact much of Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are prepared for a major winter storm expected to bring snow and ice across most of the Commonwealth, creating the potential for widespread major impacts starting late Wednesday and continuing through Friday morning.
February 14, 2021
Storm Causes Major Impacts To South-Central Virginia
Long term recovery effort underway, avoid travel if possible throughout the Richmond region
RICHMOND, Va. – An ice storm that swept through the Commonwealth on Saturday, Feb. 13, left widespread scattered debris, fallen trees and downed utility lines on numerous routes. The Richmond region was hit hardest, with thousands of trees blocking travel lanes and more falling each minute due to heavy ice accumulation on branches.
February 13, 2021
VDOT: ICE CAUSING HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS IN VIRGINIA
Motorists urged to delay travel until conditions improve
RICHMOND, Va. – Icy precipitation is falling across much of the Commonwealth, creating hazardous travel conditions. Virginia Department of Transportation crews are working to treat and clear roads.
February 11, 2021
Slick, Icy Conditions Could Pose Hazard on Roads
VDOT advises drivers to plan ahead and exercise caution
RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Transportation urges motorists to be aware of changing road conditions as the Commonwealth approaches another round of wintry weather.
February 6, 2021
VDOT Prepared for Weekend Storm
Winter weather expected to impact many regions in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. – As a winter storm is expected to bring snow to the state beginning on Saturday evening, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are ready to clear roads as the storm progresses. Pretreatment options vary across the state as the storm is expected to start as rain in some locations.
January 21, 2021
COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD RELEASES DRAFT SMART SCALE PROJECT SCORES
Priorities will be reviewed with final vote in June 2021
RICHMOND, Va. – At its January meeting, the Commonwealth Transportation (CTB) released scores for the fourth round of transportation projects to be evaluated under the SMART SCALE prioritization process. More than 400 applications were submitted by localities, metropolitan planning organizations, and other regional entities across the state, and 397 have been scored based on several key factors: safety, congestion reduction, accessibility to jobs and businesses, economic development, environmental impacts, and land use.
December 30, 2020
Elizabeth River Crossings Sale to Abertis Infraestructuras Finalized
RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) today announced that Abertis Infraestructuras, in consortium with Manulife Investment Management, has finalized the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Elizabeth River Crossings (ERC) from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners II (“MIP II”) and Skanska.
December 22, 2020
VIDEOS, PODCASTS AND NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHT INTERSTATE 81 IMPROVEMENTS
RICHMOND, Va. – There are three new ways to keep up with Improve81, the $2 billion capital improvement program for Interstate 81 in Virginia. The first in a series of videos, podcasts and newsletters are now available on the News & Multimedia page of Improve81.org.
December 15, 2020
WINTER STORM TO BRING ICE, SNOW, RAIN AND WIND TO VIRGINIA
Monitor local conditions; Storm expected to hit the Commonwealth early Wednesday
RICHMOND, Va. – Winter weather with statewide impacts is expected to start as early as overnight tonight. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is urging motorists to watch local forecasts and conditions, and be prepared to adjust travel as needed. VDOT reminds motorists, if there is ice or snow on roadways, travel is hazardous.
December 10, 2020
INTERSTATE 81 ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO HOLD VIRTUAL MEETING DECEMBER 11
RICHMOND, Va. – The Interstate 81 Advisory Committee has scheduled a virtual meeting for 3 p.m. Friday, December 11. Members of the public are invited to participate by viewing the meeting online, and submitting questions over the phone.