VDOT Moving To Implement Unspent Revenue
Over a third of the 1.5 billion dollars in unspent revenues discovered in last month’s audit on VDOT will be implemented by April of 2011. Craig Carper reports.
State law requires that incoming transportation dollars be prioritized toward meeting the 20 percent match for federal projects and also stipulates that maintenance projects be given priority over construction.
State workers are assessing road and bridge conditions across the Commonwealth to determine where the greatest needs for maintenance are.
Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton.
Connaughton: April 1st through October 1st of 2011, you’re going to see an enormous amount of work going on in the Commonwealth because it’s the combination of our normal program, the stimulus money that we received and, in addition, the 600 million dollars in extra revenues that we are pushing through.
While Connaughton says some of these recently-discovered funds will go to new projects, the bulk of them will go into maintenance. The Governor and the Secretary plan to announce where the first round of dollars will be allocated by December 31st. The remaining balance will be put into the Commonwealth’s six-year transportation plan.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Capitol Square