A new meaning to 'private' businessVDOT is broke. Or so they keep telling us.
It's summer travel season. We all know what that means: calculating whether everyone can hold on until the next rest area. Thanks to Gov. Bob McDonnell making good on last year's campaign promise, all Virginia rest areas are open for business. But the question still remains: Can we afford them?
McDonnell's predecessor closed 19 rest areas when the state ran low on money. It was either that or skimp on road and bridge repairs that might not be so noticeable to the motoring public.
The new governor took $3 million from the Virginia Department of Transportation maintenance reserve fund, which leaves $3 million worth of other things undone. But then, VDOT doesn't hang "closed" signs on crumbling shoulders.
Yes, the toilets are open, but not for long if the governor can't find fresh money. So this week, he ... [link]
Consider this: Next time you have the opportunity to drive northbound on I-77 into West Virginia, look off to the right just before you enter the East River Mountain Tunnel. There's a VDOT truck sitting there. It sits there round the clock, day and night. With a VDOT employee lounging inside. Sitting there. Doing nothing. Sometimes asleep. On your payroll. All hours of the day.
Presumably, he's on guard, prepared to leap into action should some happenstance ever occur inside the tunnel. Though the odds are infinitesimal that it ever will.
I'll suggest this: I'll accept the argument that VDOT is short of funds when it wakes its employees up and puts them to work and quits wasting their time and our money on silly doomsday scenarios.