Areas of Agreement

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and the General Assembly don’t disagree about everything. According to Warren Fiske at the Virginian-Pilot, there seems to be accord on a number of transportation-related reforms. Kaine said he would support:

  • Expanding the Virginia Department of Transportation’s efforts to privatize work for tree trimming, ditch clearning, guardrail repair and other maintenance work along state highways.
  • Ending limitations on how many “design-build” contracts the Commonwealth Transportation Board can issue. Design-build contracts would allow the same company to design and build a road or a bridge, which would lead to greater productivity and savings from the current approach of separating the work.
  • Allow local governments to establish tolls on new roads – or those with new capacity.
  • Grant multiple jurisdictions the authority to sign agreements for tolled highways, bridges and ferries.

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