Hearing set on six-year plan for secondary roads

A public hearing is scheduled June 7 at the Louisa County Board of Supervisors meeting on the Virginia Department of Transportation Six-Year Plan and Secondary System Construction Budget. 

The secondary plan includes roads numbered 600 or higher and does not include major thoroughfares, which VDOT refers to as primary roads.

All projects in the plan will be included in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, which documents how the state will obligate federal transportation funds. See a list of projects in the current plan below.

VDOT will present the board with two options for the six-year plan. Both include $1.1 million in funding over the next six years, but one creates a line item for rural additions projects and sets aside $10,000 for them in fiscal year 2027.

Rural additions is a program to improve roads to the point where they are eligible to be added to the state system. Supervisor Willie Gentry (Cuckoo District) indicated at a board workshop last month he wanted to see a line item created to help pay for these improvements.

Most of the roads in the plan will be funded through the Rural Rustic program, which targets roads already in the state system but which are not yet hard-surfaced. Roads that carry 50 or more vehicles per day are eligible.

The only road to be fully funded in fiscal year 2022, which starts July 1, is Rolling Path Road, a 2.2-mile stretch that links Waltons Store and East Old Mountain roads. The road will be scheduled for hard surfacing later this year.

Next to be fully funded for hard surfacing will be sections of Pine Ridge Drive and Colemans Lane, in fiscal year 2023.

VDOT Six-Year Plan

Projects in the draft plan are listed in order of priority. The Louisa County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the plan on June 7 after 6 p.m.

Rolling Path Road – 2.2 miles – $495,000

Colemans Lane – 0.46 miles –$125,000

Pine Ridge Drive – 0.297 miles –$75,000

West Green Springs Road – 0.95 miles – $252,500

Midway Lane – 0.24 miles –$55,000

Poplar Avenue – 0.8 miles – $335,000

Harts Mill Road – 1 mile –$350,000

Albemarle Avenue –.08 miles –$39,600

Piedmont Avenue – .07 miles – $39,600

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