Addressing road conditions

Published 4:55 pm Wednesday, May 9, 2018

There have been a lot of factors that have affected the roadways in Lunenburg County. The weather conditions, including several instances of snow that have closed schools, the effort to repair water and sewer issues in the Town of Victoria and the nearby Lunenburg landfill that has created mud on the roadways during inclement weather have been a few examples.

Town crews and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) representatives aim to make sure the roadways are safe to travel for all of its residents.

A common subject of complaints, Billy Smith, South Hill Representative with VDOT said, are low manholes, or manholes that are depressed in the roadway. The way these can affect a motorist is if tires run over the manholes. The tires will sink into the manhole, potentially affecting the tire or the vehicle’s control.

“Low manholes are always a concern of the traveling public and we receive complaints often,” Smith said. “These complaints are relayed to the towns that are responsible for the utilities. The manholes are normally repaired by the town by adding adjustment rings or asphalt. When the roadway surface is being repaved, we work with the towns during the paving operation to make adjustments to the manholes to eliminate bumps.”

Due to community members speaking out about the mud on the road at Old Mansion Road, the Lunenburg Board of Supervisors, VDOT and the county landfill liaison met to discuss the issue and ways to correct it.

Residents in the county, you have a voice to create change if issues in the road could create unsafe driving conditions for you and your neighbors. We encourage those affected to address these issues to your area town council or board of supervisors, particularly during the joint public hearing at the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday, 6 p.m. at the Lunenburg Courthouse to discuss the proposed secondary six-year plan.

To contact the Lunenburg Board of Supervisors, visit or call County Administrator Tracy Gee at (434) 696-2142.

To contact Smith, call (434) 774-2306.