A Plan of Action for Decentralizing Authority and Responsibility in the Virginia Department of Transportation

Report No: 89-TA2

Published in 1987

About the report:

In June 1986, Commissioner Ray D. Pethtel notified the Department's leadership forum of several changes he would implement regarding organizational structure and alignment of responsibilities. One of the most important needs, in the Commissioner's view, involved decentralization in both form and substance. The steps toward decentralization were outlined as follows: 1. Have the district engineers report to the chief engineer rather than to the director of operations. 2. Appoint a committee to develop a plan of implementation actions required for decentralization. 3. Initiate establishment of a new position classification for district engineers. 4. Follow the initial committee work with a longer range examination of other questions related to district organization and staffing to ensure the districts' ability to assume fully the added responsibilities of decentralization. The report consists of the proposed plan of implementation actions as called for in step 2.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • William L. Bower, Paul F. Cecchini, Albert W. Coates,  Jack L. Corley, David R. Gehr, Jack S. Hodge,  J. G. Ripley, Constance S. Sorrell, Gary R. Allen, Ph.D.

Last updated: December 28, 2023

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