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Virginia DOT Coming Up Broke


The Virginia Department of Transportation ability to build and maintain its roads and highway system is collapsing.  Unless Federal or State legislation comes to the rescue, VDOT may soon find itself unable to maintain the state’s own infrastructure.

The Federal Highway Trust Fund which is responsible for supporting the country’s construction projects, could very well be broke by August, according to officials.  This would obviously be destructive to the State of Virginia’s cash flow.  VDOT has already laid off nearly 450 part-time employees and is currently in the process of laying off 1,000 full-time employees.  They estimate, that there will be no state money to support smaller, local construction projects, by the year 2011.

Secretary of Transportation for Virginia, Pierce Homer, stated:  We are approaching a cliff. Our underlying bread-and-butter program is  seriously compromised.”

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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