So what is VDOT doing about it?
Bidding for Virginian Railway passenger rail station work on horizonVDOT isn't entirely to blame for this misdirection of priorities. That $500,000 is a federal grant. So the United States government is to blame as well. The one that will blow $1.6 trillion it doesn't have in 2010.
By Kevin Kittredge, Roanoke Times
Efforts to stabilize the fire-damaged Virginian Railway passenger station have been on hold since the bidding process ran afoul of red tape last fall. But restoration committee chairman James Cosby said they hope to rebid the project in the coming months with a broader scope.
Cosby said they will put out a call for bids on environmental work on the project at the same time. The historic station contains asbestos and lead-based paint.
The new timetable calls for the project to be put out for bid in May, with bids opened in June. "That's an optimistic schedule," Cosby said. "We have some momentum with this project now and we want to keep the momentum."
The Virginian Railway operated in Virginia and West Virginia in the first half of the 20th century. Its Roanoke passenger station was built in 1909. Fire gutted it in 2001, and it has been deteriorating ever since. Norfolk Southern Corp. donated the building to the local chapter of the National Railway Historical Society in 2003.
The society has been awarded more than $500,000 in federal funds to renovate the building. Last fall, it sent out a call for bids to put a temporary roof on the station, but the Virginia Department of Transportation, which has oversight responsibility for the funds, said the bidding process was flawed. The society disagreed but elected to rebid the project rather than risk losing the funds. [link]
Priorities being the key word.
Someone has his head stuck up his ass being the associative phrase.
Meanwhile, I'm preparing for a journey up I-77 this morning. God help me.