Virginia's goal is to ensure that our transportation system is safe, enables easy movement of people and goods, enhances the economy, and improves our quality of life. Virginia has the third largest state-maintained highway system in the nation. The Port of Virginia, Dulles International Airport, and the I-81 and I-95 corridors are all gateways to the world marketplace and major economic engines for the state.
- Maintaining bridge and road conditions in Virginia remains a constant challenge; deterioration, particularly of secondary roads, has increased in recent years.
- The Washington DC metro area, including Northern Virginia, is the most congested area in the nation.
- Virginia's planners are working to increase the interconnectivity of the state's network of ports, rail, and roadways to form a more seamless system for moving people and goods with improved ease and flexibility.
- Although high-density areas have increased in percentage and population across Virginia, the overall trend has been toward more dispersed settlement of developed land, which creates increased need for infrastructure and can lead to congestion.
The transportation indicators help to assess the progress we are making, understand the key elements that influence performance, and clarify the role the Commonwealth is taking to ensure that our transportation system is safe and efficient.