Letter: VDOT lacks accountability for actions
VDOT’s oversight in seeking the necessary permits for a project many years in the planning is an inexcusable waste of taxpayers’ money and time. Whether or not there has been more than 2,500 square feet of earth displaced to date not withstanding, such negligence has long been the norm for a department that has no ultimate accountability for its actions.
A private entity showing comparable lack of attention to detail would more than likely be facing considerable delay and/or significant fines. The not-well-connected applicant would even run the risk of having the permit denied and would (probably) be required, in that case, to restore what had already been disturbed to previous condition. Maybe the project manager could at least have a reprimand in his/her personnel file?
In addition, since it seems that the main entrance/exit of the Main Street Center will certainly be refurbished at the conclusion of this project, it would have been appropriate to include the ability to make a legal u-turn southbound at this intersection so the significant number of scofflaws now doing so in order to gain speedier access to the DAV store might be spared the embarrassment of breaking the law to support such a worthy cause. In as much as there appears to have been new drainage work already started in the form of poured concrete, I’m certain that this is no longer a possibility. This inability to think things out is the same as not having the left turn lane as part of the revamp at the industrial park intersection on Route 17 last year and numerous other VDOT project shortcomings that would fill entire pages of Gazette print.
VDOT has shown that they have plenty of shovels. They now need to demonstrate that they are ready to think, outside the box if necessary, to maximize the benefit to the public from the expenditure of taxpayer funds.
P.S. I am aware that the industrial park intersection was not a VDOT project and I assume, perhaps in error, that the left turn add-on was done by VDOT after the fact, thereby increasing the cost of this exponentially over simply tasking the contractor already doing the work with adding the left turn lane and paying the additional cost at that time.