Monday, August 8, 2016

Randy Dittberner leaving VDOT

Randy Dittberner receives FABB appreciation award
Randy receives FABB
Recognition Award
We were saddened to learn recently that Randy Dittberner, VDOT Regional Traffic Engineer for the Northern Region, is leaving VDOT for a position at Lee Engineering, a private consulting firm. Randy was the person primarily responsible for several major bicycle projects in Fairfax County. He will be greatly missed by us here at FABB.

Randy oversaw the completion of the first road diet project in the county on Lawyers Road in Reston.  The project was a great success, reducing traffic crashes by 80% and it was one of the examples used in the FHWA publication Road Diet Informational Guide. VDOT (Randy) also received a National Roadway Safety Award for that project.

Not long after that project was competed Randy managed the Soapstone Dr road diet project that connects to the Lawyers Road bike lanes on the south and the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station to the north via the Sunrise Valley Dr trail. As part of that project Randy installed a loop detector and bicycle symbol so that the presence of a cyclist would trigger the traffic signal to change. In 2012 FABB presented Randy with the FABB Recognition Award for his work on the road diet projects.

Over the past couple of years Randy worked with Fairfax Co DOT staff to complete several miles of bike lanes throughout the county as part of the summer repaving projects. We would see Randy at almost every major bike project meeting, either in his role as VDOT engineer or as in interested cyclist. Randy was a regular bike commuter to VDOT's NoVa offices on West Ox Road.

Randy embodies what any organization would want in a public official. He is hardworking and goes above and beyond the requirements of his position. He can clearly explain complex projects. He is patient and willing to take the time to answer the most detailed questions in a way that anyone could understand. And he's a great guy. Randy, thank you for everything you've done for cyclists in Fairfax County and good luck in your new endeavors.

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