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CL-2359 Work Session   Item #: B.       
Meeting Date: 09/15/2020  
Subject:    Virginia Department of Transportation - Smart Scale Project Application Endorsements
From: Brian Dunevant

Work Session:     09/15/2020
The City of Danville has submitted four Smart Scale applications to the Virginia Department of Transportation for transportation projects within the City of Danville.  The Danville Metropolitan Planning Organization has submitted one Smart Scale application to the Virginia Department of Transportation for a transportation project to be located within the City of Danville.  Each application requires a resolution of support from Danville City Council. The proposed projects are as follows:

Danville: Piedmont Drive Pedestrian Accessibility Improvements
Danville: Riverside Drive Improvements - Arnett Boulevard to Main Street
Danville: Riverside Drive Improvements - Piney Forest Road to Audubon Drive
Danville: Riverside Drive Improvements - Park Avenue to Westover Drive
Danville Metropolitan Planning Organization: Mount Cross Road Roundabout
Smart Scale is a statewide program that distributes transportation funding based on a transparent and objective evaluation of projects that will determine how effectively they help the State of Virginia achieve its transportation goals. Smart Scale project applications are scored by the Virginia Department of Transportation based on scoring criteria established for the region in which the proposed project is located. Based on scoring and available funding, projects are then recommended to the Commonwealth Transportation Board. It is expected that the Commonwealth Transportation Board will formally vote to award project funding in June 2021. Projects that are not awarded funding can be resubmitted under a future application. It is anticipated that any projects awarded funding in June 2021 will be able to access preliminary engineering funds in Fiscal Year 2026. Projects are then expected to be developed and constructed based on an approved schedule.
It is recommended the City Council consider approving the attached resolutions of support for the proposed transportation projects.



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