Va. parcels out unspent VDOT funds
Anita Kumar reports on the Virginia Politics blog that Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) began to lay out Tuesday how the state will spend almost $1.5 billion on transportation improvements over the next six years after an audit of the Virginia Department of Transportation found that hundreds of millions of dollars have been sitting unspent in various accounts for several years.
McDonnell announced a series of allocations to various projects and also outlined improvements to VDOT that must be met in the next couple years.
"VDOT met the deadline to develop a comprehensive action plan to improve its business practices and ensure that its past failures to fully utilize all available transportation funding do not reoccur,'' he said in a statement. "The VDOT action plan demonstrates forward-thinking, creative management techniques that we need to better leverage our available resources in order to address transportation needs around the Commonwealth. The citizens of Virginia expect better from their state government and we will meet those expectations."