VDOT to hold hearing on Monday

The Virginia Department of Transportation has invited the public to comment on projects recommended for funding through the state’s new scoring process.

VDOT scheduled its Staunton District meeting for 4 p.m. Monday in the Plecker Center for Continuing Education at Blue Ridge Community College, One College Lane, Weyers Cave.

The “data-driven, prioritization” process was used to score almost 300 projects proposed by localities and regional planning agencies. The scoring is part of a new law, referred to as House Bill 2, aimed at investing limited revenue in projects.

The Commonwealth Transportation Board plans to consider comments as it develops the Six-Year Improvement Program through fiscal 2022. The board will select projects for funding in the program by July 1.

Visit the following links for information:
• Scored projects recommended for funding: http://tinyurl.com/gpp6rjd
• Project prioritization information: http://www.virginiahb2.org/
• Six-Year Improvement Program: http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/syp-default.asp

The public can also submit comments by email or mail no later than May 27 to the following addresses:
• Roads and highways: Six-YearProgram@VDOT.Virginia.gov or Infrastructure Investment Director, Virginia Department of Transportation 1401 East Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219.
• Transit and public transportation: DRPTPR@drpt.virginia.gov or Public Information Office, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation 600 East Main St., Suite 2102, Richmond VA, 23219.

House Bill 2 requires projects receive scores based on how they ease congestion; improve economic development, accessibility to jobs, safety and environmental quality; and support transportation-efficient land use. Projects in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads score higher if they reduce congestion. Projects in other parts of the state score higher if they increase economic development.

The state held sessions with local representatives to include their input in developing the scoring system.

Projects funded with federal safety dollars and those that rehabilitate aging pavement and bridges are exempted from scoring.