To be a regional leader in driving collaboration and strategy within our communities on issues that are critical to the economic growth, quality of life and sustainability of this region.
The Regional Commission helps local governments address regionally significant issues with planning designed to enhance our region’s infrastructure, promote our region’s economic growth, and improve and sustain our region’s quality of life.
The Regional Commission provides long-range transportation planning for the Roanoke Valley and rural localities within our region. Regionally coordinated approaches to planning and developing our region’s transportation infrastructure is central to the mobility of our citizens and supporting businesses that rely on logistics and supply chain management.
The RVTPO has several opportunities this month for public input on transportation investments!
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a four-year schedule of all federally-funded and regionally-significant transportation projects to be implemented in the RVTPO region. It functions like a budget and projects can only be funded if they are consistent with the goals of Vision 2040. RVTPO is updating the TIP and sought public input earlier this year. RVTPO is taking advantage of an extended deadline to seek additional public input. Take the TIP Survey here!
The RVTPO administers the region’s Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funding program which provides approximately $5 million/year for transportation improvements in the RVTPO region. The RVTPO sought public input earlier this year on 13 new funding requests to be considered for anticipated STBG funding that will be received between 2021 and 2026.
Since then, VDOT completed the Route 460 Operational Improvement Study, gathered extensive public input, and developed key projects that will increase the capacity and safety of Route 460. These projects employ innovative intersections including Restricted Crossing U-Turn, Thru-Cut, Displaced Left Turn, and Continuous Green T. Innovative intersections offer greater increases in capacity and safety at lower cost.
The City of Roanoke and Roanoke County seek 2027 STBG funds to use as leverage for competitive funding programs, such as SMART SCALE. Before making this decision, the RVTPO seeks public input on these Route 460 projects. This survey will be available soon!
Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission staff has prepared a COVID-19 dashboard that tracks regional cases and includes demographics and mapping on vulnerable populations. Data and mapping is available for each locality down to the census tract level. Unemployment claims, nursing homes location, zip code COVID-19 data are included in the dashboard. COVID-19 cases and deaths are updated hourly from Johns Hopkins. To access the dashboard, click here.