By. Brent Wilson, Field Officer
Joel DeNunzio, the Charlottesville Residency Administrator of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) , provided the Greene Board of Supervisors his quarterly update at the meeting on July 8th. As of July 1st all gravel roads now have a 35 mph speed limit where in the past each county could determine the speed limit on these roads.
The preliminary engineering investigations of bridge on Route 230 at the Madison county line is in process and construction is scheduled for 2016. The widening of the culvert on Route 609 has been completed. The Simms Road culvert is to be completed by the end of August.
Supervisor Eddie Deane, At Large, asked about the ditch maintenance of Route 33 west of Stanardsville all the way to the Shenandoah National Park. He indicated that the ditches have been filled up with debris and when there is a heavy rain the water crosses the road and the possibility of hydroplaning exists.
Chairman Jim Frydl, Midway District, stated that the residents of Dairy Road are requesting the road be paved. The residents are also requesting that they be allowed to maintain the edge of the road. DeNunzio said he would provide the proper form for them to apply to do this.
DeNunzio stated that by state policy, VDOT funding goes first for maintenance of roads and secondly to construction of roads up to $500 million. Supervisor David Cox, Monroe District, questioned where the majority of funds are spent and DeNunzio indicated that Northern Virginia and the Hampton Roads area gets the majority of funds for new construction.
The meeting was then opened to the public and Debra Turk, a resident of Greene Acres who uses Octonia Road, was only speaker. She indicated that patches are made and then rain washes them away and the whole cycle is repeated. She asked that VDOT study this road and put it in the six year plan to improve the road by paving it. DeNunzio indicated that salt used last winter tore up the road and that this road has been built up with tar and gravel – not paving. This can be put in the six year plan with the guidance of the county but it will be expensive to pave it.
Chairman Frydl summarized the presentation by noting that federal gas tax is not increasing to provide more revenue and therefore funding throughout the state is static at best.
Brent Wilson is the Greene County Field Officer for the Free Enterprise Forum a privately funded public policy organization.
Photo Credit: Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)