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SoVaNow.com / April 12, 2017Residents of Hunter Alexander Drive in Boydton are asking the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors to consider adding their road to the county’s six-year road improvement plan, with the request coming during a public hearing Monday in Boydton.
The hearing was held as part of the supervisors’ regular monthly meeting, with board members approving this year’s updates to the six-year plan. Supervisors added two roads to the list of those to be paved: Rochichi Road in Boydton and Twin Peaks Road in Chase City.
The six-year road improvement plan establishes a priority list for paving dirt roads. Currently, Mecklenburg County has approximately 160 miles of dirt/gravel or unpaved roads, according to VDOT Residency Manager Billy Smith. Each year new roads are added to the paving list based on traffic count, with those with the highest usage receiving top priority.
Mecklenburg County has three roads on the plan that will soon be seeing improvements. They are Old St. Tammany, Red Store Road and Turtle Road. Smith said he expects VDOT to have these roads paved by the end of this year.
Addressing supervisors at the public hearing, Hank Ciavarella said he and his wife recently opened a business on Hunter Alexander Road, which has led to an increase in traffic, especially from delivery trucks. With all this new traffic, Ciavarella said VDOT is constantly adding gravel to the road.
His neighbor, Charles Jones, said the traffic is kicking up a lot of dust and debris and that it would be a lot easier for residents, especially the older ones, if the road were paved.
County Administrator Wayne Carter met with the homeowners following the board meeting. He explained that the last traffic study done of that road showed that fewer than 40 cars traveled it on any given day. To qualify for paving, at least 50 cars must travel the road on average per day.
Old St. Tammany is one of the more heavily-traveled unimproved roads in Mecklenburg County with over 250 vehicles per day. Twin Peaks sees 90 vehicles and Rochichi, which has the Rudd’s Creek Marina situated at the end, has a count of 90 vehicles during the week and 135 on the weekends.
This is the first year in nearly a decade that Mecklenburg County has received enough funding to pave more than one road, Carter explained. He added, “In 11 years we’ve only been able to pave nine of the 40 roads on our six-year plan.”
Supervisor Dan Tanner asked about road work currently being done on I-85 near the North Carolina border. Carter said while the work is taking place in North Carolina, it does impact the ability of police, fire and rescue to make quick turnarounds if called to that area. To alleviate that problem during road construction, Jon Taylor has been working with VDOT and NCDOT to install a temporary crossover between the north and south bound lanes of I-85 for fire, rescue and police to use.
In response to a question from supervisor Jim Jennings, Carter said he anticipates paving and other improvements to Ridge Road in Boydton to begin later this summer.
In other business, the supervisors granted an easement to Dominion Power to place underground service in Mooresville Park Subdivision. Dominion said the change would improve reliability of the power system in that area.
B&B Consultants were hired to perform engineering services for the proposed parking lot expansion at the Hudgins Courts facility in Boydton. B&B will be paid $11,700 for a wetland study, development of topographical maps and to design a preliminary layout for the parking lot.
Supervisors also approved the relocation of a potential dumpster site on Baskerville to an area a quarter of a mile north of the intersection of Baskerville and Dry Creek Roads. “The new location has a better site distance,” said Carter.
Ronnie Wells was named to the Board of Lake Country Area Agency on Aging in place of Edith Coleman-Mosely who resigned effective March 22. He will fill her unexpired term until Sept. 30, 2019.
Laurie Wright, who lives in Blackridge, asked board members to find money in this year’s budget to give teachers a five-percent salary increase and make building repairs at the elementary schools. “Our future economic success is dependent on the quality of education of our children today,” Wright said, adding that the educational progress being made by the “phenomenal superintendent” and “quality school board members” will cease without more funding.
She reminded supervisors that teachers in Mecklenburg County are the second-lowest paid in the state and the school division has many vacancies. She also called their plan to put off repairs of existing facilities until the new high school is built “negligent and a disgrace. Repairs today are cheaper than emergencies tomorrow,” she said.
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