Vol. 39 Iss. 13 - February 13, 2023

Chapter 325

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The Commonwealth Transportation Board is claiming an exemption from the Administrative Process Act in accordance with § 2.2-4002 B 4 of the Code of Virginia, which exempts regulations relating to grants of state or federal funds or property.

Title of Regulation: 24VAC30-325. Urban Maintenance and Construction Policy (amending 24VAC30-325-10).

Statutory Authority: §§ 33.2-210 and 33.2-319 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: March 17, 2023.

Agency Contact: JoAnne P. Maxwell, Regulatory Coordinator, Governance and Legislative Affairs Division, Department of Transportation, 1401 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 786-1830, FAX (804) 225-4700, or email


Pursuant to Chapter 684 of the 2015 Acts of Assembly, the amendments remove references to the urban construction allocation to localities, which is no longer used to establish distribution of road construction funds to qualifying cities and towns.

24VAC30-325-10. Eligibility criteria and conditions governing receipt and use of urban maintenance and construction funds.

A. In addition to the eligibility requirements identified in § 33.2-319 of the Code of Virginia, the road and street eligibility criteria for urban maintenance payments shall also include the following:

1. The basic right-of-way width for cul-de-sacs eligible for payment will be 40 feet, with consideration of requests for pavement widths less than 30 feet. For the purpose of making this assessment, a cul-de-sac will be defined as a dead-end street, open only at one end.

2. If a municipality has jurisdiction over and operates a toll facility, such facility is eligible for street payments.

3. Local one-way streets, loop roads, and school bus entrances will be eligible for payment provided that they are constructed to a width of 16 feet with a right-of-way width of not less than 40 feet. This includes service and frontage roads where contiguous to an interstate, primary, or urban system route.

4. VDOT can consider a waiver of standards on a site-specific basis with appropriate supporting information. Each case will be considered on its own merits.

B. In determining lane mileage eligibility, the following conditions will apply:

1. Turning lanes and ramps will not be considered for street payments. This includes center turn lanes unless they serve as moving through lanes during peak hours.

2. Parking must be restricted and enforced by towing during peak traffic periods.

3. Each road or street with more than two moving lanes must have pavement markings in accordance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways, 2003 Edition, including Revision 1 dated November 2004, published by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.

4. Pavement widths of less than 14 feet qualify for only one moving lane even if it carries traffic in two directions.

5. Nonhard surfaced streets do not qualify for street payments.

C. Mileage adjustments, including the results of annexations, mergers, or incorporations, will be made on an annual basis as part of the board's approval of the annual maintenance payments. All adjustments submitted to the department by February 1 will be eligible for payment effective July 1 of the following fiscal year.

D. For the purpose of calculating maintenance payments, streets will be functionally classified based on the Federal Functional Classification system, except where the federal system is not parallel with the state system.

E. Bridge safety and regular inspection is of utmost importance. The Federal Highway Administration and the department require strict compliance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards (23 CFR Part 650) regarding the frequency of inspection and load posting requirements. The Commissioner of Highways may elect to withhold street payments from a municipality for delinquent or inadequate bridge inspection reports.

F. Municipalities, by resolution of their governing body and agreement with the department, may elect to utilize up to one-third of their urban construction allocation for reimbursement of debt incurred for eligible project costs on approved projects. The payback is limited to a maximum 20-year timeframe.

G. Landscaping is important to enhance the safety and visual quality of roads and to maintain quality of life for communities. It is the intent of the board that a maximum of 3.0% of the construction budget for individual urban construction projects may be allocated for landscape improvements. Pavers and stamped asphalt for crosswalks are considered a pedestrian safety and traffic calming measure for project participation and are not subject to this limitation. Elements of streetscape can also be constructed at project expense if the project is an identified gateway project or located within a historic or cultural district.

H. The Commissioner of Highways is directed to establish administrative procedures to assure the provisions of this chapter and legislative directives are adhered to and complied with.

VA.R. Doc. No. R23-7435; Filed January 25, 2023