Program Planning and Administration
The Program Planning and Administration Division has recently undergone restructuring to better provide services for the general public. Some of what we do is described below:
Research and Special Studies is responsible for administration of all Federal, State, and State Planning and Research (SPR) funded research projects.
The Planning Section consists of two units with widely differing functions. The Grant Administration Unit manages federal transportation grant programs that provide funding for a variety of “non-traditional” projects, all of which are linked directly or indirectly to various modes of transportation. These grant programs include the Transportation Enhancement, Safe Routes to School, Recreational Trails, National Scenic Byways, and Transportation, Community, and Systems Preservation Programs. Also, the Grant Administration Unit hosts the State Trail Coordinator function and the Division of Highways’ Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator function.
The Statewide and Urban Studies Unit manages the development and maintenance of a long-range statewide transportation plan. In addition, this unit coordinates the West Virginia Department of Transportation’s involvement with Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) located in the state’s seven urbanized (above 50,000 population) areas, overseeing and providing technical assistance in meeting federal metropolitan transportation and air quality planning requirements.
Preliminary Engineering performs engineering studies of proposed highway projects and corridors. The scope usually includes development of alternative locations and their evaluation in terms of cost and various social, economic and environmental effects.
Geographic Information Systems
Geographic Information System has been charged with spatially enabling various datasets within the DOT. The Highway Data Services unit maintains roadway data, ranging from surface type and widths to traffic usage. Visit the GIS homepage to find the latest geospatial news, standards, and spatial transportation data.
Program Administration is responsible for administering the Department of Highways Transportation Program. It programs and maintains project specific data for the renovation, improvement and expansion of the WVDOH roadway system. The STIP (Statewide Transportation Improvement Program) is used to guide and maintain a financial constraint program.
Annual Planning Conference
Each year, the WVDOT, together with its local and federal transportation planning partners, develop a conference in West Virginia to provide a venue for a statewide conversation concerning the practice of transportation planning in West Virginia. Click here for further information and archives of past conferences.
Robert L. Pennington, P.E., Director
Program Planning and Administration Division
Phone: 304 558-3113
Fax: 304 558-3783
Email: Program Planning & Administration
Last Updated: 12/03/2012