On April 12, 2016 Delegate Ransone, Hodges and Senator McDougal sent a formal request to Aubrey Layne the Secretary of Transportation requesting:
"Replace the Antiquated Robert O. Norris Bridge."
The Northern Neck Planning Commission District began the Smart Scale Funding application in June of 2016 to Modernize the Robert Norris Bridge, supported by Formal Resolutions from Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland Counties.
The application was submitted September 30, 2016.
I have been aware of the 'REPLACE the Robert Norris Bridge' Petition that was circulated starting in late April 2016. I was one of the 2,662 who signed it.
There was page after page of comments included with the petition intended for Governor Terry McAuliffe. In late July the petition was sent to the Governor's office, and copied to Senator McDougal, Delegate Hodges, and Delegate Ransone.
A Petition submitted to the Governor's office is not part of the Smart Scale process.
Because the Petition was not submitted as part of the defined Smart Scale Process then it is likely it will be will be disregarded, like a seed cast upon unfertile rocky soil.
That the Petition garnered 2,662 signatures is significant. This effort should be recognized by VDOT as part of the Public Commentary. The next best thing to getting 2,662 petition signers to send email to VDOT would be to send the Petiton to VDOT.
So I sent it to VDOT as defined by the Smart Scale Funding Process.
As directed by the Smart Scale process I have written to the VDOT email address indicated in the name of 2,662 signers of the Petition in support of the Norris Bridge Funding application. [ Six-YearProgram@VDOT.Virginia.gov ].
If VDOT needs to know that the Norris Bridge Modernization is important to our region then by all means I will write. I play by the rules; their funding process, their rules.
It is not the same as 2,662 emails but the intent is the same.
Those petition signers are all interested in the same thing:
"Do Something" about the Robert O. Norris Bridge.