2017 VA811 Christmas Display

For the eighth consecutive year, VA811 has created a display for the Hotel Roanoke’s Fashions for Evergreens event in Roanoke.  This year’s theme is “The Nighmare before Christmas”.  Hotel Roanoke allows visitors to see the displays at no charge.  The displays will be available for view until January 1.  Stop by and see our display!

Can’t make it to Roanoke?  Wonder how we did this?  Check out this short video to see how the display was created.

December 2017 VA811 DIRT Newsletter

Hot off the presses!  Check out the latest edition of the VA811 DIRT newsletter.

December 2017 VA811 DIRT

Positive Response Change – RESCHEDULED

Effective early January, 2018 (exact date to be announced), VA811 will be making a change to the Positive Response System per the SCC Damage Prevention Advisory Committee.  Positive Response codes 60, 90, 91, 93, and 94 will now require the completion of a new field, the Issues field.  This field will be used by locators to provide an explanation of why they used the particular code.


  • Locator selects code 90
  • Locator completes Excavator Rep field – “Joe Excavator 540-5551212″
  • Locator completes new Issue field with reason for using code 90 – “Gate is locked with padlock, no way to gain access”

The Newtin Positive Response program will be modified to comply with this change.

VA811 has been working with ticket management system software providers to make sure that they can comply with this request.

Enhanced Positive Response is Here

VA811 is happy to announce a new feature for Positive Response emails. “Enhanced Positive Response” (EPR) will be posted by some utilities. This is extra information to help excavators dig safely around underground utilities. 

If EPR exists, the three letter marking designation for the utility will be underlined and appear in blue. Click on that to see EPR information. It will provide important information that will assist excavators as they perform their work. 

811 Balloon Comes to Virginia!

The 811 Balloon is coming to Virginia!  Cox Utility Services is partnering with Common Ground Alliance in taking the Balloon across the United States to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the implementation of 811 as the “call before you dig” phone number.  Check out our Events page for locations throughout Virginia where you can see the Balloon in person!

July Surge In Virginia Workplace Fatalities

The Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry is reporting that for the second year in a row, there has been a surge in workplace fatalities in July.  Seven Virginia workers have lost their lives in July 2017, compared to eight in July 2016.

Please click here to read the public service announcement related to this report.

Click here to visit the VOSH Best Practices for Preventing Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses web page.

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