VDOT speeding process for bidding road construction projects
By the end of the December, the Virginia Department of Transportation will have advertised $1.1 billion in construction and maintenance projects since the fiscal year began on July 1, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) told the Dulles Area Transportation Association at a luncheon Monday. About $500 million of that figure will be advertised just this month.
A recent audit of the transportation agency criticized the department for spending its allotted construction dollars too slowly. Last year at this time, VDOT had advertised just $600 million in construction spending, said agency spokesman Jeffrey Caldwell. The $1.1 billion represents about a third of VDOT's total budget for the year, he said.
VDOT advertises projects to solicit bids from construction companies. Work can begin once contracts are awarded.
"By working hard to ensure that VDOT invests all available transportation resources as soon as they become available, and in a manner that has the most benefit to motorists traveling throughout the state, we will greatly improve our transportation system and spur economic growth," McDonnell said in a statement.
According to McDonnell, every $100 million spent on highway maintenance creates 3,000 jobs.
Caldwell said some projects will begin quickly. Other projects--particularly paving projects--will begin when the weather warms in the spring. He said advertising those projects now means work can begin as quickly as possible when the weather turns.
Rosalind S. Helderman
| December 6, 2010; 4:42 PM ET
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