RD95 - Virginia Department of Transportation 2018 Biennial Report

Executive Summary:

Based on § 33.2-232 subsections A and B of the Code of Virginia, the Commissioner of Highways (Commissioner) is to provide a biennial report* (in even-numbered years), with the contents specified by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (the Board)**. The minimum requirements of the report and the actual code language are presented below:

§ 33.2-232. Annual reports by Commissioner of Highways and the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment.

A. The Secretary of Transportation shall ensure that the reports required under subsections B and C are provided in writing to the Governor, the General Assembly, and the Commonwealth Transportation Board by the dates specified.

B. The Commissioner of Highways shall provide to each recipient specified in subsection A, no later than November 1 of each even-numbered year, a report, the content of which shall be specified by the Board and shall contain, at a minimum:

1. The methodology used to determine maintenance needs, including an explanation of the transparent methodology used for the allocation of funds from the Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund pursuant to subsection A of § 33.2-352;

2. The methodology approved by the Board for the allocation of funds for state of good repair purposes as defined in § 33.2-369 and, if necessary, an explanation and rationale for any waiver of the cap provided for in subsection B of § 33.2-369;

3. The expenditures from the Highway Maintenance and Operating Program for the past fiscal year by asset class or activity and by construction district as well as the planned expenditure for the current fiscal year;

4. A description of transportation systems management and operations in the Commonwealth and the operating condition of primary and secondary state highways, including location and average duration of incidents;

5. A listing of prioritized pavement and bridge needs based on the priority ranking system developed by the Board pursuant to § 33.2-369 and a description of the priority ranking system;

6. A description of actions taken to improve highway operations within the Commonwealth, including the use of funds in the Innovation and Technology Transportation Fund established pursuant to § 33.2-1531; and

7. A review of the Department's collaboration with the private sector in delivering services.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is responsible for building, maintaining and operating the Commonwealth’s roads, bridges and tunnel systems. Virginia has the third largest state maintained highway system in the United States, behind Texas and North Carolina. VDOT is responsible for the maintenance and operation of approximately 128,600 lane miles of roadway and 21,200 bridges and large culverts.

VDOT consists of nine districts (Figure 1) with its headquarters office located in Richmond, Virginia. The nine districts are Bristol, Salem, Lynchburg, Richmond, Hampton Roads, Fredericksburg, Culpeper, Staunton and Northern Virginia. Districts are divided into 32 residencies, whose staff engage with each county government and serve as the liaison between the county and VDOT for the transportation improvements occurring within each county. Each residency, which includes area headquarters, serves one to four counties.

VDOT has developed a robust asset management program, placing maintenance of the transportation network at the forefront of VDOT’s investment decisions. This commitment to responsible asset management practice is demonstrated through VDOT’s annual collection of condition data on pavements and bridges along with its establishment and publication of network-level pavement and bridge performance targets. VDOT makes all of this information publicly available on its website.

For more than a decade, VDOT has monitored pavement and bridge conditions using performance information (measures and targets) to determine investment strategies based on available funding levels. Recently, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has begun requiring state DOTs to develop and maintain a Transportation Asset Management Plan and to establish performance measures and targets for pavements and bridges on the National Highway System (NHS). These federal performance measures and targets apply to a limited portion of VDOT’s road and bridge network (less than 15% of all lane miles and 18% of all structures) leading to development of federal performance measures and targets that are different from VDOT’s performance measures and targets. For more information on VDOT’s application of these federal performance measures and targets see the Pavement Overview and Bridge Overview sections of this report.


Section 33.2-232 subsections C and D are not shown. Based on § 33.2-232 subsection C, the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI) is to provide a biennial report (in oddnumbered years) explaining the outcomes of the surface transportation investment based on performance measures which are described, among other things, in the Commissioner’s biennial report.
*This report provides an overview of the statutory requirements (see above), as well as the details of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s processes and procedures. More technical discussion is available in the following reports:
• State of the Structures and Bridges ( http://www.virginiadot.org/info/default.asp)
• State of the Pavement ( http://www.virginiadot.org/info/default.asp)
• State of Good Repair Prioritization Process Methodology ( http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/resources/2016/june/reso/Resolution1.pdf)
**The Board approved the report requirements on October 30, 2018 - http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/resources/2018/oct/reso/15.pdf.