VDOT Shares News on Paving and Pothole Repairs

Within just a few weeks, VDOT crews have filled more than 10,000 potholes in NOVA. You can continue to report potholes online at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp  or to operators 24/7 at VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 800–FOR-ROAD (367-7623).

While they will continue this patching effort in full-force throughout the spring, there’s more good news!

Next month, the Virginia Department of Transportation kicks off $168 million worth of paving to further improve our roads! It is estimated that crews will place approximately one million tons of asphalt and four million linear feet of pavement.

This includes 31 lane miles of interstates, almost 50 lane miles of primary routes as well as extensive paving on secondary roads and neighborhood streets of almost 1,000 lane miles. You can check out the roads scheduled for paving statewide at www.virginiaroads.org.

It is important to note that none of this work could be possible without the generation of funds from the passage of the 2013 Transportation bill (HB2313).  I helped write this monumental transportation package and made sure there was a provision included which I call the “kill-switch.” This non-negotiable rules states that all money raised in NOVA must stay in NOVA. I call it the “Kill Switch” because it kills the revenues sources if any of the money is spent on anything other than transportation, or outside of NOVA.

Prior to this bill’s passage, there is not one penny of money to repave any roads in Springfield, Fairfax Station, Lorton, Mason Neck, South County, Mt. Vernon… in fact, there was no money to repave anywhere else in VA. There was not a penny for one stop light in all of Virginia. And by 2017, there was not going to be even one penny for constructing any road that was not partially federally funded.

Now, we can finally see some of the money that has been generated from this bill! It has taken some time to “fill up the bucket” again, but this paving kick-off is exactly what we need to get our Virginia roads back on track!

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