VDOT to see major cuts

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The Virginia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will make major spending cuts as revenues decline between an estimated $2.1 billion and $2.6 billion over the next six years.

The agency already cut its six-year improvement program by $1.1 billion in June.

“We must make fundamental structural changes to our transportation administration, services, programs and projects to address this long-term change to our revenue base,” state Transportation Secretary Pierce Homer said in a statement. “The weak economy and reduced state and federal transportation revenues require that the existing transportation budgets and the Board’s Six-Year Improvement Program be further reduced.”

VDOT Commissioner David S. Ekern said the agency will be significantly smaller to reflect the decreased revenues. Safety, road maintenance and emergency response will be the agency’s priorities, but it will have to cut staff, services, residency offices and repair shops.

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