During last month’s board of supervisors meeting, with VDOT assistant residency administrator Joyce McGowan present, Bova read a paragraph from VDOT’s own manual for county supervisors. It says that adequate drainage is integral to maintaining a safe and structurally sound roadway and that drainage problems are responsible for most pavement failures and soil erosion.
"One of the most important duties of maintenance personnel is the repair and maintenance of the highway drainage system," read Bova, "and the importance of this activity cannot be over-emphasized."
Bova said VDOT needs to pay more attention to its own drainage policies.
In response to questions from supervisor Neena Putt, McGowan said that VDOT has no responsibility for outfall ditches that aren’t deeded to VDOT and aren’t causing problems with the roadways. She said the department used to clean ditches on a complaint basis, but has now gone to a systematic method whereby the ditches are scheduled to be cleaned regularly. But she said if residents let VDOT know about flooded areas, someone will address the problem.