Answered By: Ken Winter
Last Updated: Jan 23, 2017     Views: 75

The library has one of most complete collections of VDOT's internal newsletter, the VDOT Bulletin, known to exist. The library's print collection of the Bulleltin is bound and available for use in the library, but at this time those bound copies do not circulate. However, we have hundreds of individual issues that can be checked out. 

The Bulletin was first published in November 1934 under the title Virginia Highway Bulletin. In 1974 it was renamed the Bulletin:Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation. It was renamed again in 1987 to Bulletin: A VDOT Monthly Newspaper,  the title by which it is most commonly known today. It was a monthly publication for many years, however, the format (size) and frequency have changed many times.  

In 2003 the Bulletin ceased print publication and was produced as a Web-based document from January 2003 to the September-October 2006 issue, which was its final issue.

The Bulletin contains a wealth of information about the history of VDOT (especially the roads/bridges, milestones, staff and history of VDOT districts) and is a great tool for researching the transportation history of Virginia. 

The library is currently involved in a pilot project to estimate how complex and resource intensive it would be to scan all issues of the Bulletin and make them publicly accessible for browsing or searching. A proof-of-concept trial started in 2016 and should be completed in 2017.  

For now, a "selective" Index to the VDOT Bulletin exists for years 1981-2002.  It is shown below: