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Hearing on highway cuts March 10

A public hearing on proposed service reductions by Virginia Department of Transportation will be held March 10 at Northside High School in Roanoke.
The public is invited to attend the 6 p.m. hearing and voice opinions on the budget cuts proposed by the Commonwealth Transportation Board.
VDOT Resident Engineer David Clarke said he doesn’t anticipate the statewide cut of more than 400 transportation employees to affect the Dublin equipment shop off Bagging Plant Road. That shop was one of four that will remain open in the Salem District, which includes Pulaski County. Nine others will close.
Asked how the federal economic stimulus plan might impact VDOT, Clarke said it might help complete some road projects. However, the cuts in services and employees may not be affected by the stimulus.
Clarke explained that the CTB plan is designed to address long-term funding problems, while the stimulus is geared to a three-year period.
Under the CTB budget reduction plan, the six residency offices in the Salem District will be narrowed down to four and the two rest areas in Radford and one in Ironto will be closed.
Despite having completed about $20 million in renovations to the state’s 41 rest areas for 2007’s Jamestown celebration, the department is proposing to close 25 in order to save about $12 million.
The agency also is seeking to reduce its overall staffing levels by 1,000 full-time employees and 450 wage, temporary and hourly staff over the next 18 months. Currently, the agency has 605 hourly employees and approximately 8,400 full-time, salaried employees.
Northside High School is at 6758 Northside High School Road, off Peter’s Creek Road in Northwest Roanoke.

Hearing on highway cuts March 10

A public hearing on proposed service reductions by Virginia Department of Transportation will be held March 10 at Northside High School in Roanoke.
The public is invited to attend the 6 p.m. hearing and voice opinions on the budget cuts proposed by the Commonwealth Transportation Board.
VDOT Resident Engineer David Clarke said he doesn’t anticipate the statewide cut of more than 400 transportation employees to affect the Dublin equipment shop off Bagging Plant Road. That shop was one of four that will remain open in the Salem District, which includes Pulaski County. Nine others will close.
Asked how the federal economic stimulus plan might impact VDOT, Clarke said it might help complete some road projects. However, the cuts in services and employees may not be affected by the stimulus.
Clarke explained that the CTB plan is designed to address long-term funding problems, while the stimulus is geared to a three-year period.
Under the CTB budget reduction plan, the six residency offices in the Salem District will be narrowed down to four and the two rest areas in Radford and one in Ironto will be closed.
Despite having completed about $20 million in renovations to the state’s 41 rest areas for 2007’s Jamestown celebration, the department is proposing to close 25 in order to save about $12 million.
The agency also is seeking to reduce its overall staffing levels by 1,000 full-time employees and 450 wage, temporary and hourly staff over the next 18 months. Currently, the agency has 605 hourly employees and approximately 8,400 full-time, salaried employees.
Northside High School is at 6758 Northside High School Road, off Peter’s Creek Road in Northwest Roanoke.