Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will move ahead on approximately $400 million worth of paving contracts for this year's paving season.
"Repaving projects are critical to the safety and flow of traffic on Virginia's roadways," said Governor McDonnell. "Such maintenance is essential to preventing the deterioration of pavement and keeping the driving surface as smooth as possible. This is an immense job when you consider that VDOT maintains the third largest system of roadways in the country. "
Statewide, sections of roadways, including interstates, primary and secondary routes will be repaved beginning this spring or earlier. Work generally takes place at night once temperatures stay at 40 degrees and above. Crews are expected to start repaving operations in March and will complete the work by the end of this year.
In addition to repaving, the work also involves installing safety features such as new pavement markings, guardrail and rumble strips.
The roads are paved according to a schedule, with different sections paved each year.