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I was born in Norfolk, Virginia (VA), and have worked as a personal injury lawyer in Virginia Beach, VA for 23 years. The traffic problems here have really hurt our quality of life recently. A new Virginia state office that will oversee the development of public-private transportation projects across the state may have great influence in Hampton Roads. The Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships, or OTP3, was created on December 10, 2010, but has just officially opened its office in Richmond on June 6 of this year.

“The [Governor] McDonnell administration is committed to delivering much needed infrastructure improvements to the Commonwealth of Virginia across all transportation modes in a safe, efficient, and cost-effective manner,” said Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton. The new office will be the primary contact point for public-private projects.

According to the Daily Press, private companies have submitted bids for several transportation projects in Hampton Roads. Such projects include the expansion of Norfolk’s Mid-Town and Downtown tunnels, the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and U.S. 460 in between Suffolk and Petersburg.

As a Virginia personal injury lawyer, my experience with countless auto accident cases has taught me that the congested roadways in the Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads area are a major contributing factor to car and motorcycle crashes. I am hopeful that the new OTP3 office will make wise decisions when developing and contracting new transportation projects in Hampton Roads. Although it would have been better if the state of Virginia could just build or repair the roads and bridges itself, the main thing is to get it done before traffic gets worse.


About the Editors: The Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm, which has offices in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC), edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as pro bono services.

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