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Department of Transportation, Virginia

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The Department of Transportation is an agency in Virginia.

The purpose of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is to build, maintain and operate the state's roads, bridges and tunnels and provide funding for airports, seaports, rail and public transportation through the Commonwealth Transportation Board.[1]

Budget

VDOT budget information is available on the department website.[2] The annual budget for Fiscal Year 2011 is $3.32 billion.

Program Allocations
Debt service $257.7 million
Road maintenance (includes city and county street payments) $1.698 billion
Support to other agencies, tolls, administration and other programs $405.1 million
Special financing and earmarks $306.7 million
Highway systems construction $656.8 million
Total $3.32 billion
Program Percent Allocations
Highway Maintenance and Operations 50 percent
Highway Systems Construction 20 percent
Debt service, Agency Support, Administration, Earmarks / Special Financing 30 percent

The Department of Transportation received $647.76 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.[3]

Programs

VDOT sponsors a number of environmental programs, including Adopt-A-Highway, which allows volunteers to clean litter from Virginia's roadways, and the PeregrineFalcon Program, which places nesting boxes in VDOT maintained bridges for the endangered birds.[4]

Transportation projects and studies currently underway are posted on the website, with project summaries, construction dates, public involvement opportunities, and cost estimates where applicable.[5] Project funding is listed in the Six-Year Improvement Plan.[6]

Major projects include:

  • Corridor Studies
  • Woodrow Wilson Bridge
  • Virginia Megaprojects
  • Smart Road
  • Virginia's Capital Trail

Leadership

The Department is overseen by the Commonwealth Transportation Board, which establishes administrative policies for the state's transportation system. The Board is composed of 17 members appointed by the governor.[7]

VDOT has about 7,500 full time employees.[1]

Transparency

VDOT Executive Staff and District Administrators are listed with biographies and email addresses.[8] Board members are also listed with contact information; Board meeting information and documents are also available.[7]

The department's biennial report is available, as well as the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.[9][10]

Public Involvement meetings are posted on the department website.[11] VDOT's public involvement policies are also disclosed.[12]

Procurement information including current bids and requests from proposals, as well as selected consultants, are available, although active project and vendor contracts do not seem to be posted.[13]

Public records request information is available.[14]

External links

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