GATE CITY — Scott County residents will likely notice a number of road construction projects over the next several years.
During a public hearing at Wednesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, VDOT representatives outlined their six-year plan for secondary road construction in the county. Some of the projects have already begun, while others are slated to get underway in the coming months or years.
What is the six-year plan?
The plan was created based on the county’s wish list for secondary road construction projects, according to VDOT representative Jackie Christian. Thirty-three roads were on that wish list, and all but 12 of them are now on the six-year plan thanks to additional funding and reduced cost estimates.
“We had $4.8 million in the plan (last year), and this year, we have almost $5 million in the plan for the period of fiscal year ’19 through ’24,” said VDOT representative Allan Sumpter. “The specific number is about a $178,000 increase over that period of time.”
Which roads are included?
Portions of the following roads are included in the plan: Hunters Valley West, Ivy Valley, Big Ridge, Odell Valley Lane, Hunters Valley East, Copper Creek Road, Addington Frame Road, Kimblertown Road, Sherwood Forest Lane, Robin Hood Lane, Newland Hollow Road, Beeline Road, Greens Chapel Lane, Gillenwater Chapel Road, Jayne Hill Circle, two sections of Ann Goode Cooper Road, Spurlock Hollow, Horton Summit Road and Eaton Hill Road.
Are all the projects fully funded?
Each project will be fully funded by the end of the six-year period with the exception of Eaton Hill Road, Christian said, which will be partially funded.
The first five projects listed above are already fully funded, while the others will be funded one by one over the next six years.
How did the BOS respond?
BOS members unanimously voted to approve the plan, with BOS Chairman David Redwine adding that it should benefit people throughout the county.
“This is a breath of fresh air,” Redwine said. “It’s good news to actually put dollars and dates with these projects.”