WHEREAS, during the 2002 session of the General Assembly, legislation was passed to revise §33.1-70.1 of the Code of Virginia, to allow for the improvement and hard surfacing of certain unpaved roads deemed to qualify for and be designated a Rural Rustic Road; and
WHEREAS, such roads must be located in a low-density development area and have a minimum of 50 vehicles per day (vpd), and have no more than 500 vpd; and
WHEREAS, this Board is unaware of pending development that will significantly affect the existing traffic on the road; and
WHEREAS, the citizens that utilize this road have been aware of this road being paved with minimal improvements; and
WHEREAS, this Board believes Route 640 – Gilbert Station Road should be designated a Rural Rustic Road, from Route 784 to Route 20 owing to its qualifying characteristics; and
WHEREAS, the road aforesaid is in this Board’s six-year plan for improvements to its secondary system of state highways:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, this Board hereby designates and requests VDOT’s Resident Engineer to concur in the aforesaid road as a Rural Rustic Road.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, this Board requests that this road be hard surfaced and, to the fullest extent prudent, be improved within the existing right of way and ditch-lines to preserve as much as possible the adjacent trees, vegetation, side slopes, and rural rustic character along the road in their current state.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Resident Engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation.
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