Date: Tuesday, September 12
(You can only sign up for one workshop. Selections are made during the registration process.)
Biking/Walking tour of the Great Dismal Swamp Trail
This multi-purpose nature trail threads through some of the most uniquely historic and ecologically-significant habitats in the United States. The 16-mile loop (8.3 miles down and back) that can be biked or walked in part or in whole is a former section of Route 17 that runs adjacent to the Dismal Swamp Canal. A few fun facts about the Great Dismal Swamp Refuge: it is home to a wide variety of wildlife including reptiles, bats and bears; parts were surveyed by George Washington’s company; it is nationally recognized as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Bicycles will be provided. Restrooms are available.
Biking/Walking tour at First Landing State Park
Take a bike ride or walking tour into the Commonwealth’s most-visited state park, the northern most point in the Eastern U.S. where Spanish Moss hangs from live oak trees. There are paved trails for bicyclists and soft or hard trails for hikers to experience. Vans provided by the City of Virginia Beach will take you to/from the park. Bikes and helmets will be available to use or you can drive to the park to meet the group with your own bike/helmet. Wear comfortable shoes. Trail maps and bottled water will be provided for this self-guided tour of the park’s 6-mile Cape Henry Trail (12.2 miles total).
The self-guided walking
tour will be roughly three miles taking a portion of the Cape Henry
Trail-Kingfisher Trail-Fox Run Trail. Along the van-ride you will pass
over the $120 million Lesner Bridge replacement project, spanning the
Lynnhaven River at the Chesapeake Bay, currently under construction and
partially funded by the former Governors Transportation Plan.
Tour of Lesner Bridge and Cape Henry Lighthouse
Take a tour of both modern and historic public works projects in one
day. At the first stop, Virginia Beach Public Works will give a guided
tour of the $120 million Lesner Bridge replacement project, currently
under construction. Spanning the mouth of the Lynnhaven River at the
Chesapeake Bay the project was partially funded by the former Governors
Transportation Plan. The second stop will be at the nation’s first
public works project authorized by George Washington and overseen by
Alexander Hamilton: the Cape Henry Lighthouse. The first federally
funded lighthouse was built to guide maritime commerce at the mouth of
the Chesapeake Bay, standing near the “First Landing” site where English
settlers arrived in 1607. Visitors can climb to the top of the tower to
enjoy spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.
Tour of VDOT Hampton Roads Traffic Operations Center
The tour of the Eastern Region’s Transportation Operations Center (TOC), will begin with a presentation in the Conference Room of the TOC by the Regional Traffic Operations Manager (RTOM), providing an overview of the TOC and its responsibilities. The RTOM will then provide an overview of the Virginia 511 Web Site, and the 511 smartphone APP that motorist may use for routine trips and for planning trips throughout the state. These presentations will be followed by a tour of the TOC Control Room to show how all of the information is obtained for the Virginia 511 system and the Highway Advisory Radio system (HAR), which are designed to assist motorists with advance warning of incidents and issues affecting their travel. This information is also used to dispatch Safety Service Patrol units (SSP), to incidents to provide a safe work zone for emergency responders for safe, quick clearance and reducing lane impacts so we can “Keep Virginia Moving and Get Virginia Moving Again”. The SSP also have a secondary function as Motorist Assistance providing assistance to stranded motorists. Following the TOC Control Room, the group will be provided with a static exposition of an SSP unit to show the equipment they carry and have the opportunity to interact and ask questions about the services the SSP provide.
Tour of Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel
The tour of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel will open with introductory remarks by the Facility Manager and a safety briefing. Remember that this is an industrial facility with a lot of moving parts, along with 30 million vehicle trips per year, and safety is our number one goal. Your tour will be guided by knowledgeable team members who stand ready to introduce you to the facility and answer your questions.
The tour will include stops in the Control Room which is the nerve center of the entire facility and outlying Inspection Stations. It is here that closed circuit television cameras are monitored 24 hours/day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. Utilizing electronic control systems, team members on duty can operate many of the critical systems that help to keep traffic moving, while standing ever-ready to respond to any incident that may occur.
The tour will also make stops in the switch gear room, the ventilation fan rooms, the fire pump rooms, the storm water drainage pump room, and the lower air duct.
Please keep in mind that the HRBT is a critical infrastructure facility and that no photography, neither still or video, can be taken.
Come join the fun and help support the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation! Volkert Inc. is sponsoring a corn hole tournament during the Local Programs Workshop. Entry fee is $20 per team for teams of 2. Please submit your entry early as space is limited. Entry information is linked below.
Date: September 13-14, 2017
Time: Before Conference begins, breaks, and during lunch. Top two teams will meet for playoff during lunch on September 14th before final Plenary Session.
Place: Volkert Table
COST: $20.00 PER TEAM or $10 per Individual (Individuals will be randomly paired with a partner)
Entry information: VDOT-LPW-CornHoleTournamentFLYER2017.pdf