A couple of weeks removed from an unsuccessful attempt in the Virginia
General Assembly to approve funding for transportation improvements, members of
the public will get a chance to tell state officials what they want to see
happen to roads, bridges, rail and transit.
Virginia lawmakers adjourned their special session on
transportation Sept. 28 – two days ahead of schedule – without accomplishing
much of anything. Among the efforts that failed to gain passage during the
legislators’ two days of work was legislation that included using tolls, taxes
and other fees to pay for road and bridge work.
Problems stem from Republican leaders in the House and Senate who
haven’t been able to reach agreement on funding. Senate leaders say new
revenues, including a fuel tax increase, are needed to address congestion and
maintenance costs, while House leaders are vehemently opposed to higher taxes
Efforts to come up with funding for transportation projects can be
discussed during the 45-day regular session that begins in January.
In the meantime, the Commonwealth Transportation Board has scheduled nine
public hearings around the state this fall. Information will be presented on
projects needing more funding for completion, as well as other possible
Finishing all the publicly financed highway projects now being
developed has a price tag of $7 billion, the Richmond
Hearings are scheduled at the following locations:
- 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Salem Civic Center, 1001
- 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Southwest Virginia
Higher Education Center, Grand Hall, One Partnership Circle, Abingdon;
- 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at John Tyler Community
College Student Center, Room N102 A and B, 13101 Jeff Davis Highway,
- 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at VDOT Culpeper
District Office Auditorium, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper;
- 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at Augusta Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane, Verona;
- 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax;
- 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Hampton Roads
Planning District Office, 723 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake;
- 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at VDOT Fredericksburg
District Auditorium, 87 Deacon Road, Fredericksburg;
- 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at The Kirkley Hotel,
2900 Candler’s Mountain Road, Lynchburg.
During the comment period, individuals will be allowed to speak for
three minutes each. Individuals can also send their comments to the Virginia
Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public
Virginia Department of Transportation
1401 E Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Information Officer
Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
1313 E Main St., Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23218-0590
Send e-mail email@example.com.
The board will take public comments into consideration prior to
adopting Virginia’s 2008-2013 transportation improvement program. Officials
will hold a final public hearing on the six-year draft plan in the spring.