SUFFOLK - The new head of VDOT Hampton Roads is promising to work to restore the trust in the agency.
James S. Utterback, PMP was named just this week as Hampton Roads District Administrator. In that role, he'll oversee the construction and maintenance programs for the region.
"I believe there is an opportunity to improve communication. I also believe there is an opportunity to build relationships and improve relationships in the locality. I think there's an opportunity to restore public trust," he said.
He's talking about the mistrust caused when many drivers hit potholes on I-264 earlier this year and VDOT said it played a role in not having better oversight of its contractor TME.
TME's contract with VDOT for work on I-64 and I-264 is up this month. VDOT will manage the daily maintenance, not TAMS contractors, on sections of I-64 and I-264 in southside Hampton Roads. While contract forces will conduct the actual interstate maintenance work as required by law, the management of their work will be directed by VDOT.
The Hampton Roads district extends from Greensville Co. to the west to James City County in the north to Accomack Co.on the Eastern Shore and Va. Beach.
VDOT says Utterback has 28 years of transportation engineering and leadership experience in VDOT, the private sector and the military.