Primary Road Improvement Priorities



Identify the County’s primary and interstate road improvement priorities for presentation to the Commonwealth Transportation Board Public Meeting on the FY 2009-14 Six-year Improvement Program



Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, Benish, and Wade





October 1, 2008


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The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) will conduct a public hearing to give citizens and public officials an opportunity to review and provide comments on projects and programs for inclusion in the Fiscal Year 2010-2015 Six-Year Improvements Program (SYIP).  The hearing date has not been set, but it is typically held in mid-October or early November. This is the opportunity for the Board of Supervisors to inform the CTB of the County’s interstate, primary road, rail, bicycle, pedestrian and transit improvement priorities. Primary roads are those roads with route numbers below 600, including interstate highways (Routes 6, 20, 22, 53, 29, 231, 240, 250 and I-64). The County has maintained a priority list of improvements for a number of years, and uses this list as the basis for each year’s update.


The Six Year Interstate and Primary Road Plan process differs from the Secondary Road Plan process in that specific amounts of funds are set aside for secondary road projects in the County, whereas funds for primary road projects are allocated for each construction district, and all primary road projects proposed within all localities in the district compete for those funds. The Culpeper District includes Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties.



Goal 3.0:  Develop Policies and Infrastructure to Address the County’s Growing Needs



The purpose of this review is to receive the Board’s direction on transportation projects to be included in the FY 2010-15 SYIP for the Culpeper District.  Staff has provided a proposed priority list of improvements which is based on last year’s priority list approved by the Board (Exhibit A). Changes proposed by staff are identified in bold italics or strikethrough type.  The Priority List includes an “Attachment A”, which provides a more detailed narrative description of the County’s project priorities. 


The only major changes to the priority list are to bridge improvement priorities (see Section III. Bridges).  The Free State Bridge improvement project has been deleted as a priority improvement.  The construction of the entrance road to the Belvedere development has eliminated the need to improve the bridge.  Improvements to the Route 250 East bridge over the CSX railroad in Shadwell have been added as a high priority project.  Staff was informed by VDOT that a high level of deterioration was found during a recent inspection. VDOT recommended that this be included in this year’s priority list. Staff recommends this project as the second highest bridge priority, after the Advance Mills bridge project. The Route 250 East bridge is the only bridge project on the list that is actually part of the primary road system. Staff is not recommending any other changes to the Priority List except for relatively minor updates and corrections.



The County is providing its priorities for projects to be funded through the State’s interstate, primary and urban system funding. The impact on the budget will be determined after VDOT has identified the projects it will fund in their Six Year Financial Plan.



Staff recommends that the Board 1) approve the attached recommended priorities (Attachment A) for primary road system improvements; and 2) provide direction regarding the presentation of the County recommendations and comments.




Exhibit A - Priority List of Improvements

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