Then the VDOT audit requested by Gov. Bob McDonnell showed at least $614 million in VDOT funds and led to the Governor's famous line: “I’d say there’s been money sitting in accounts while people have been sitting in traffic."
The Daily Progress opined about this issue in Tuesday's paper:
Failing to keep track of funding and to use it most efficiently for the taxpayers is a serious accusation. And although we can understand how VDOT would take a conservative approach during a period of funding cuts, that doesn’t explain the curious case of the Virginia rest areas. [emphasis added]Hmm.... Does this help make the case that it was political?
Last summer Mr. Kaine ordered 18 interstate rest areas closed in order to save $9 million in VDOT’s budget. It was a very unpopular move, both with motorists and with tourist leaders.
The closures were sold as a money-saving necessity. Now it is shown that there was indeed sufficient money in the coffers to keep the rest stops open.