2019 ITE-ASHE Joint Traffic Technical Meeting Recap

WDCSITE and ASHE Chesapeake held their annual joint traffic-themed meeting. Presentations covered topics in ITS infrastructure, transit signing and real-time data applications, and regional county-level transportation planning efforts and traffic safety initiatives. There was a great mix of members from ASHE and ITE, and there were plenty of attendees who are not members of either association. Despite the serious nature of the presentations, there were great laughs, shocking revelations, and tough questions. After the technical presentations, there was a happy hour, followed by dinner with an evening talk by Carole Delion of MDOT SHA, who discussed policy and standards-development issues involving CAVs. The industry is moving forward in the realm of CAVs, but we’re certainly hitting plenty of challenges along the way. MDOT SHA and other government partners at the federal, state, and local levels strongly encourage all of us to be engaged in the technical conversations, legislative discussions, and program development initiatives surrounding autonomous vehicles.

2019 WDCSITE Technical Meeting at VDOT Recap

The event had approximately 45 attendees, including retirees, students, private consultants, VDOT staff and other public sector members from neighboring entities (Fairfax County, Montgomery County, MWCOG).

Bud Siegel (NOVA District’s LAP Program Manager) presented an overview of the Local Administered Program and changes to the LAP Delivery. Major functions of the LAP Section includes fiduciary oversight and assisting localities (counties, cities, towns) with the administration of transportation projects using state and/or federal funds. Bud announced to the group that after 21 years, he will be leaving VDOT to seek new endeavors at the Town of Leesburg.

Bill Cutler (NOVA District’s Construction Engineer) discussed various transportation-related statistics pertaining to Northern Virginia: 2.4 million residents, 14,000 lane miles and more than 500 miles of regional bike facilities. Bill oversees $500 to $700 million in construction projects in a given year. The presentation included various construction programs within VDOT, as well as regional project budgets and schedules. Much construction is taking place around the region, including I-66 eastbound widening inside the beltway and Route 7 widening from Tysons to Reston.

The third presenter of the evening was Abi Lerner (Associate Manager of Special Project Development, a section of VDOT Megaprojects), but not before receiving the International Director Award. Abi’s presentation was on the I-495 Express Lanes extension from the Dulles Toll Road to the American Legion Bridge and beyond into Maryland. The goal of the project is to reduce congestion, provide additional travel choices and improve travel reliability. However, there are challenges, such as minimizing disruptions to the existing nature of GW Memorial Parkway, tolling concessionaire compatibility between Virginia and Maryland, bridge widening, and acquiring R/W.

The event was well attended and folks seemed to enjoy the selection of boxed dinner sandwiches from Panera.