VDOT seeks public input on prioritizing transportation projects

VIRGINIA (WAVY) — The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) will hold nine public meetings on prioritizing transportation projects throughout Virginia.

The public is asked to attend to learn more about each project, ask questions and provide input. The meetings will consist of an open house where attendees can review and provide feedback on the list of proposed local and regional projects that have been submitted for scoring through the SMART SCALE prioritization process.

SMART SCALE was signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe. It’s an objective and data-driven “prioritization” process to score projects according to critical transportation needs.

A town hall session will be held after the open house for discussion between public transportation stakeholders and the public and open up time for questions. There will not be a formal public comment period during the meetings.

The meetings will highlight the 436 applications for projects submitted by 148 local and regional governments across the state. The applications request $9.25 billion in funding through SMART SCALE, with a total value of $12.09 billion in total project value.

Projects that meet a need identified in Virginia’s statewide transportation policy plan will be advanced for evaluation and scoring. Scoring results will be made public and after public meetings in the spring, CTB will use public feedback and scoring data to select which projects to fund.

There’s only one meeting in the Hampton Roads area. It will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization, 723 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake.

You can also mail comments on highway projects to Infrastructure Investment Director, VDOT, 1401 E. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia 23219, or Six-YearProgram@VDOT.Virginia.gov or on rail, public transportation and transportation demand management to Public Information Officer, DRPT, 600 E. Main St., Suite 2102, Richmond, Virginia 23219, or DRPTPR@drpt.Virginia.gov.

Comments will be accepted until Dec. 22.