The Virginia Department of Transportation will be forced to cut $600 million from the agency’s current 6-year construction plan, which includes road, rail, and pedestrian projects across the state.
Budget shortfalls are leading to the cutbacks in the plan which runs until 2015. The Commonwealth Transportation Board will hold a public hearing in Richmond to get feedback on potential cuts.
This comes on the heels of more than 500 layoffs at VDOT and the closure of 18 highway rest stops around the state. Governor-elect Bob McDonnell (R) has vowed to re-open the closed rest areas, but has not specified how he will fund the transportation needs.