COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Approval of Rural Rustic Road Paving Projects
Resolution to designate the following road segments as Rural Rustic Roads:
1. Woods Edge Road (Route 623), from Route 616 to the end of state maintenance;
2. Hacktown Road (Route 744), from Route 731 to Overpass of I-64;
3. Rocky Hollow Road (Route 769), from Route 20 to the end of state maintenance.
Messrs.: Tucker, Foley, Davis, Graham, Cilimberg, Benish, Wade
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
Jun 14, 2006
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
The Board of Supervisors recommended sections of Woods Edge Road, Hacktown Road and Rocky Hollow Road for paving under the Rural Rustic Road program in the County’s Six Year Secondary Road Priority List and VDOT’s Six Year Secondary Road Construction Plan.
Rural rustic roads are paved at a width based on reduced and flexible standards that leave trees, vegetation, side slopes and open drainage abutting the roadway undisturbed to the maximum extent possible without compromising public safety. Rural rustic road standards allow a road to be paved within a 30’ easement. In a traditional paving project, improvements are done within a 50’ right of way. Roads paved using rural rustic road standards are considerably less expensive than traditional paving.
3.1 Make the County a Safe and Healthy Community in which citizens feel secure to live, work and play.
VDOT requires a resolution (Attachments A, B and C) from the Board of Supervisors designating Rocky Hollow Road, Hacktown Road and Woods Edge Road as Rural Rustic Roads and requesting that they be paved using Rural Rustic Road standards. Staff mailed a letter to every property owner along these three roads informing them of the project. The purpose of the letter was to inform residents that VDOT would pave their road using rural rustic road standards instead of traditional paving standards. They were given until May 23, 2006 to contact the County if they objected to rural rustic paving. Staff did not receive any correspondence noting opposition to the project. Staff did receive numerous calls from residents from all three roads supporting the rural rustic road paving project.
If approved by the Board of Supervisors, VDOT will begin work immediately using state forces. Each project will take 45-90 days to complete.
These projects are included in the County’s Six Year Secondary Road Priority List and will be paid for by VDOT.
Staff recommends the Board of Supervisors adopt the attached resolutions designating sections of Woods Edge Road, Hacktown Road, and Rocky Hollow Road as Rural Rustic Roads and requesting VDOT to improve these roads as Rural Rustic Road projects.
Attachment A - Woods Edge Road Resolution
Attachment B - Hacktown Road Resolution
Attachment C - Rocky Hollow Road Resolution
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