RICHMOND, Va. - The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) released today the draft Six-Year Improvement Program, which allocates $13.1 billion to transportation projects over the next six fiscal years beginning July 1, 2014.
Projects include highway, road, bridge, rail, transit, bicycle/pedestrian paths and other transportation improvements across the state.
"A critical aspect of the six-year program is the ongoing rehabilitation of existing roadways and bridges across the state," said Charlie Kilpatrick, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). "VDOT has accelerated efforts to extend the life of pavements and bridges so we can get the most out of the 57,000 miles of infrastructure we're responsible for maintaining across the state. This is imperative to motorist safety and ease of travel."
Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Director, Jennifer Mitchell stated that, "The agency will be focusing its efforts toward State of Good Repair improvements for transit and rail, while also making targeted investments of high priority expansion projects." "Additionally," she continued, "DRPT is committed to investing in rail improvements that support Virginia business and economic growth throughout the Commonwealth."
The $13.1 billion program is $1.3 billion less than last year's program because state revenues and federal highway and transit funding have decreased.
FY 2015-2020 Six-Year Improvement Program breakdown:
$9.9 billion – Highway construction
$3.2 billion – Rail and public transportation
$13.1 billion – Total six-year program
In the Bristol district, that includes:
• I-81 interchange improvements in Abington - $44 million
• Corridor Q Poplar Creek - $203 million
• Coalfields Expressway Crane's Nest design - $10 million
Public hearings will be held across the state on the draft program through mid-May. Layne will be joined by VDOT and DRPT officials in each of the locations to share highlights of the program and listen to public comments. The CTB will then take public comments into consideration prior to adopting the final six-year program on June 18. The program is updated each year to reflect latest revenue projections.