County adopts six-year secondary road plan

Published 12:27 pm Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors adopted a four-project six-year transportation plan after no residents spoke during a joint public hearing with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

The hearing on the proposed six-year plan for the fiscal years 2016-17 through 2021-22 for the county, and on the Secondary System Construction Program budget for fiscal year 2016-17, was held during the supervisors June meeting.

Billy Smith, with VDOT, asked the county to renew the project list without any new projects being added.

“I’d rather keep it as it is and see how it goes,” he said.

Those projects include: The $2.6 million replacement of a bridge on Route 621, the $1.5 million replacement of a bridge on Route 631, the $2.2 million curve alignment on Route 675 and the $2.6 million construction and bridge replacement on Route 712.

All projects in the secondary six-year plan that are eligible for federal funds will be included in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which documents how Virginia will obligate federal transportation funds.

A public hearing is required under state law to provide the opportunity for each county to work with the VDOT in developing a secondary six-year road plan.

The resolution adopting the plan notes that “all citizens of the county had the opportunity to participate in said hearing and to make comments and recommendations concerning the proposed plan and priority list,” and that the plan “appears to be in the best interests of the secondary road system in Lunenburg County and of the citizens” affected.

Smith noted that VDOT is working diligently on a number of projects, including bridge repairs on a portion of Lunenburg County’s Lee Mill Road (Route 631) and its approaches over the Middle Meherrin River. Smith said he expects the project to be finished within the next few months.

“It’s a nice bridge — that is on schedule,” he said.

He also noted that VDOT has closed Baughan Road (Route 684) to through traffic between Germantown Road (Route 685) and Bruceville Road (Route 701) so that the existing drainage structure can be replaced with a large concrete culvert.