COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD SEEKS
INPUT ON PROJECTS
The public is invited to provide their feedback on projects that are scored and recommended for funding
Richmond, Va.- The public is invited to share comments on transportation projects that have been scored and recommended for funding through Virginia’s data-driven, prioritization process. This process was used to score more than 400 transportation projects proposed by localities and regional planning bodies across the state. The scoring is a key part of a law, referred to as SMART SCALE, to facilitate investment of limited tax dollars in the right transportation projects. The public is also invited to share comments on other non-SMART SCALE projects as well as new projects valued in excess of $25 million.
Following the public meetings, public comments will be considered by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) as it develops the FY 2018-2023 Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP). The SYIP allocates public funds to highway, road, bridge, rail, bicycle, pedestrian and public transportation projects. The CTB will select the final list of scored as well as approved projects to be included in the SYIP. All federally eligible projects in the six-year improvement program will be included in the federally required Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) to document how Virginia will obligate its federal funds.
The meeting for the Roanoke region begins at 5:30 p.m. at the following location.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Salem – Holiday Inn Valley View
3315 Ordway Drive
Roanoke, VA 24017
Six-Year Improvement Program:
You can also submit your comments by email or mail by May 16, 2017:
For roads and highways: Six-YearProgram@VDOT.Virginia.gov or Infrastructure Investment Director, Virginia Department of Transportation 1401 East Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219.
For transit and rail: DRPTPR@drpt.virginia.gov or Public Information Office, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation 600 East Main Street, Suite 2102, Richmond VA, 23219.
SMART SCALE background:
Law requires projects to be scored 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, or improve safety. The Commonwealth held numerous sessions with localities to incorporate their input in developing the scoring system.
Projects meet scoring requirements if they are eligible for funding under the High Priority Projects Program and the District Grant Program. In addition, projects must demonstrate that they meet a need identified in the Commonwealth’s long-range plan, VTrans2040, which examines Corridors of Statewide Significance, regional networks and improvements to promote urban development areas. The CTB must consider highway, transit, rail, road operational improvements and transportation demand projects, including vanpooling and ridesharing.
Projects funded with federal safety dollars, and projects that rehabilitate aging pavements and bridges are exempted from scoring.
Once projects are scored and public input is received, the CTB will select projects to be funded and included in the six-year improvement program by July 1, 2017.