VDOT cutting 230 workers

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The Virginia Department of Transportation has told 230 hourly workers that their jobs will end June 6.

VDOT announced last February that it would cut 1,000 full-time positions and 450 hourly jobs to help make up an estimated $2.6 billion shortfall in transportation revenues over the next six years.

The rest of the hourly jobs are being cut though attrition.

The jobs are being cut from around the state. The state agency is offering assistance with a job search and resume writing, but hourly employees are not eligible for severance packages.

“The reality of our budget shortfall means that we have to prioritize spending on safety-related projects and to maintain our existing highways,” said David S. Ekern, VDOT commissioner, in a statement. “None of these are easy decisions for us to make. We know that these decisions will impact the public and the lives of our valued professional staff, but we must make the sound business decisions necessary to ensure the long-term viability of Virginia’s transportation system and our department.”

**This story has been corrected from its original form. The job cuts will be statewide, not only from the Staunton district as previously reported.

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