ALEXANDRIA, VA. – This morning, Delegate Mark Sickles (D-43) and Supervisor Jeff McKay (Lee) met with representatives from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to discuss the 2016 spring paving schedule for Lee District.
“Today’s meeting with VDOT was extremely productive and a testament to the tremendous benefits of the 2013 state transportation package,” said Delegate Mark Sickles. “The new revenues generated by HB 2313 were desperately needed in order to meet our rapidly expanding infrastructure needs, and to restore VDOT’s purchasing power by diversifying funding sources that were last adjusted in 1986.”
“VDOT is now in its third year of the revitalized paving program with more than $130 million budgeted for Northern Virginia. VDOT is making considerable effort to efficiently spend the new funding with maximum impact,” said Delegate Sickles. “It’s encouraging to hear about VDOT’s efforts to increase paving schedule transparency and accessibility with future rollouts of new online tools and their increased coordination with local government and utilities to implement projects with minimal impact on our communities. I look forward to working with VDOT throughout this year to reduce construction impacts to the maximum extent practicable.”
“Today’s meeting was another major step forward for our community and towards the repairing of our primary and secondary roads,” said Supervisor Jeff McKay. “Delegate Sickles and I have been working with our neighborhoods to identify and resolve existing transportation problems – and I’m pleased to see VDOT committing to help. In fact, crews are preparing to begin work as we speak.
“It’s always good to have a strong state-local partnership, especially when we can partner together to improve the community. I couldn’t be happier that we’re again seeing a major state investment in our infrastructure.”
Delegate Mark Sickles is a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation. Supervisor Jeff McKay is a member of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.