VDOT Cuts 230 Hourly Workers

April 29th, 2009 by WY Daily Staff

VDOT Cuts 230 Hourly Workers

The Virginia Department of Transportation announced Tuesday it had eliminated 230 more hourly employees, statewide, as part of a six-year $2.6 billion budget decrease.

VDOT began notifying the employees yesterday that their employment will end June 6.

Of the 230 people, nine are in Hampton Roads, said Jeff Caldwell, VDOT’s chief of communications. He was unsure how many of the nine are in the Triangle.

The 230 employees are the last of the 450 wage staff that VDOT planned to eliminate. The other positions were eliminated through attrition and reduction of part-time employees, who were mostly seasonal snow removers.

This is all part of VDOT’s second phase of budget cuts. The first phase came when VDOT announced it would cut 808 highway projects in the next six years, which made up for $2 billion of the reductions.

The third phase will include the possible closure of Williamsburg’s residency office, which oversees state road construction and maintenance on the Peninsula. Also proposed is a reduction in the Jamestown-Scotland ferry hours from 24 to 16 hours a day, with two boats on the water instead of three.

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