COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Turkey Sag Road (Route 640) – Resident Proposal to Pave a Public Road
Board approval to allow a citizen to pave a portion of Turkey Sag Road (Route 640) with private funds.
Tucker, Foley, Davis, Graham, Benish, Wade
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
December 6, 2006
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
At the Board of Supervisors October 4, 2006 meeting, staff presented a request from Mr. James Craig to use his own resources to pave a section of Turkey Sag Road (Route 640) to VDOT rural rustic road standards (location map Attachment A). Pursuant to new County guidelines, the Board of Supervisors requested staff to notify adjacent property owners and the public that travel along this section of the road paving proposal.
Mr. Craig wishes to pave approximately 4,610 linear feet of this road using rural rustic road standards. This section of the road is fairly straight and VDOT has indicated that it can be paved to rural rustic road standards. These standards allow paving to take place within the existing right-of-way. There will be no grading of the embankments along the road. The paving and replacement of undersized and failing drain pipes along this segment of road will help hold gravel in place and avoid erosion and run-off into Turkey Sag Creek. Currently, VDOT has to frequently replace gravel on this section of roadway after heavy rains. Dust and wash boarding are major problems for this section of roadway and paving would eliminate these concerns. VDOT has indicated its support for this paving request and has approved the preliminary plans for construction. This request does not conflict with the Rural Area Chapter of the Land Use Plan
Goal One: Enhance quality of life for all citizens.
Staff mailed letters to all properties adjacent to the proposed improvements and posted a “public notice” sign along the roadway. Staff did not receive any comments from the public opposing the improvements, but did receive a call and an email supporting the paving request. Both supporters were “out of town” adjacent property owners and expressed strong support for the project.
Based on the public comments received, the project’s consistency with the County’s Comprehensive Plan, and the comments from VDOT (including the maintenance cost and erosion control benefits of the project), staff supports allowing Mr. Craig to use his own resources to pave this section of Turkey Sag Road to VDOT’s rural rustic roads standards.
There will be no budget impact to the County.
Staff recommends the Board of Supervisors approve Mr. Craig’s proposal to pave this 4600 foot section of Turkey Sag Road to VDOT Rural Rustic Road standards.
Attachment A- Location Map
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