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Virginia Department of Transportation

Virginia's transportation system is a vital element in the state's economy, providing the safe and efficient movement of people and products throughout the Old Dominion. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is responsible for building, maintaining and operating the state's roads, bridges and tunnels. And, through the Commonwealth Transportation Board, it also provides funding for airports, seaports, rail and public transportation.

Virginia has the third largest state-maintained highway system in the country, just behind North Carolina and Texas. The 57,082-mile state-maintained system is divided into the following categories:

• Interstate - 1,118 miles of four-to-ten lane highways that connect states and major cities.

• Primary - 8,500 miles of two-to-six-lane roads that connect cities and towns with each other and with interstates.

• Secondary - 47,582 miles of local connector or county roads. These generally are numbered 600 and above. Arlington and Henrico counties maintain their own county roads.

• Frontage - 333 miles of frontage roads.

A separate system includes 13,869 miles of urban streets, maintained by cities and towns with the help of state funds. Virginia's cities are independent of its counties.

The transportation network comprises more than roads. VDOT also is responsible for:

• More than 12,603 bridges.

• Four underwater crossings in the Hampton Roads area: the mid-town and downtown Elizabeth River tunnels, the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel on Interstate 64 and the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel on Interstate 664.

• Two mountain tunnels on Interstate 77 in Southwest Virginia: East River and Big Walker.

• Three toll roads: Northern Virginia's Dulles Toll Road and the Powhite Parkway Extension and Pocahontas Parkway in the Richmond area.

• One toll bridge: The George P. Coleman Bridge carries Rt. 17 traffic over the York River between historic Yorktown and Gloucester County. Tolls are collected in the northbound direction only.

• Four ferry services: Jamestown, Sunnybank, Merry Point, and Hatton (seasonal).

• Forty-one rest areas and ten Welcome Centers along major highways.

• 107 commuter parking lots.

The Virginia Department of Transportation Web site is a great source for travelers, contractors, citizens, transportation planners or jobseekers. Whether you want to know what's happening on the road, where a road leads or how a road gets built, you can find out here.