CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — For the second year, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has named the Town of Christiansburg as Locality of the Year, recognizing the town’s Engineering Department for hard work, excellence in project management, and commitment to delivering transportation projects to the community.
In 2018, the Salem District’s Locally Administered Projects Team created the award as a way to encourage local governments administering transportation projects to improve the delivery of VDOT-funded projects.
“Successful delivery of locality-administered projects is critical because these projects comprise more than 50 percent of the statewide Six-Year Improvement Program, which is determined by SMART Scale results,” the Town of Christiansburg said in a statement on Tuesday, Aug. 24.
The town says the SMART Scale is a method of scoring planned projects submitted by localities to the state. Using an objective-outcome process, the system scores localities’ proposed projects based on that specific area’s need so taxpayer dollars can be more fairly distributed across the Commonwealth.
If a SMART Scale project has been awarded to a locality, the chosen project is funded by VDOT and given to the locality to administer.
According to officials, VDOT’s Locality of the Year Award is scored on the following three factors:
- Participation in quarterly conference calls, training opportunities, and local and statewide workshops;
- Proficiency with project applications, agreements, plan submittals and documentation
- Performance related to the number of projects completed and project stages completed on schedule, a metric which is tracked in VDOT’s Dashboard 4.0 system for monitoring project progress.
The town says additional focus in these three areas not only improves a locality’s chance of winning, but it also improves their performance in managing the development and delivery of transportation projects.
“Delivering locally-administered projects successfully gives localities’ credibility with taxpayers, legislators and contractors,” stated the Town of Christiansburg. “These performance metrics help ensure that projects will be completed efficiently.”
During the award presentation, town officials say VDOT leadership expressed thanked the Christiansburg Engineering Department for their ongoing efforts to serve the community with timely, efficient, and consistent planning and project implementation.
Some of the projects worked on by Christiansburg this past year include:
- Arbor Drive/Peppers Ferry intersection improvements
- Hickok Street improvements
- Roanoke Street sidewalk – 460 Bypass
- Tower Road/Hampton Boulevard/Roanoke Street intersection
- Depot Park Trail extension (completed last year)
- Huckleberry Trail extension (completed last year)
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