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Mecklenburg County roads set for paving / May 15, 2019

Seven Mecklenburg County roads are scheduled to be paved in the next four years under the VDOT six-year road improvement plan adopted by the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors at their regular meeting on Monday.

The six-year road plan is a document adopted or updated annually by Virginia counties, outlining planned spending for transportation projects proposed for construction or study during the subsequent six-year period.

Newly named VDOT Resident Manager Tommy Johnson said Mecklenburg County has $700,000 available to pave up an additional four miles of secondary roads over the next six years.

Four and one-half miles of road construction is already funded.

The seven roads added to the plan are a one mile stretch of Wray Road and Bent Creek, Allen and Spring Roads, all of which are in the South Hill, La Crosse and Brodnax areas; Williamson Road to the North Carolina line near Clarksville; a portion of Wilkerson Road near Chase City; and Wildlife Club Road off Highway 15 South near Clarksville.

Paving will most likely not begin on the seven new roads added to the six-year plan until 2021, according to Johnson, since his road crew can pave about two miles of roadway each year. They are completing work on 2.3 miles of Twin Peaks Road near Chase City, which began last year. Crews then will move on to pave 1.7 miles on Dixie Bridge Road near Brodnax. Johnson said work should wrap up on both roads by the end of construction season 2019, weather permitting.

In 2020, Johnson said two more previously approved projects will receive paving. They are a one-half mile stretch of Parrotts Dead End Road near Chase City from Route 640 to the end of state maintenance, and the seven-tenths mile long Propst Road near Clarksville from Highway 58 to Moss Lane.

County Administrator Wayne Carter said this was the first time in over a decade that VDOT has had the money to cover the cost of paving 11 roads. For many years, he said there was not enough money to work on even one road, yet under Virginia law county supervisors were obligated to adopt a six-year road improvement plan.

“We just kept adding roads to the plan, as long as there was $10 in the [road paving] fund” controlled by VDOT, Carter explained.

In 2015 the General Assembly modified how the Commonwealth distributes transportation revenue to maintain and improve its roads. The following year, supervisors changed their process for updating the County’s six-year plan. They agreed that no road would be added to the plan unless the county was guaranteed that there would be funds available from VDOT for the project.

Secondary road paving projects are funded through two state sources: the Commonwealth Transportation Board and public right of way use fees collected from providers of telecommunications service, known as Tele fees.

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