COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Approval of Rural Rustic Road Paving Projects
Approval of a Resolution to designate the following road segments as Rural Rustic Roads:
1. Bishop Hill Road (Route 734), from the intersection with Rt. 795 near Ash Lawn to Route 1807 (0.37 mile)
2. Gilbert Station Road (Route 640), from Foxwood Drive to the Railroad bridge (1.20 miles)
3. Maxfield Road (Route 647), from Rt. 22 to end of state maintenance (0.80 mile)
Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Graham, Benish, Wade
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
June 6, 2007
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
The Board of Supervisors recommended sections of Bishop Hill Road, Gilbert Station Road and Maxfield Road (Attachments A, B and C) 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 typically done within a 50’ right of way. Rural rustic road paving projects are considerably less expensive to construct than traditional paving projects.
Goal Three: Develop Policies and Infrastructure Improvements to Address the County’s Growing Needs.
VDOT requires a resolution from the Board of Supervisors designating Bishop Hill Road, Gilbert Station Road and Maxfield Road as Rural Rustic Roads and requesting that they be paved using Rural Rustic Road standards (Attachments D, E and F). Pursuant to policy adopted by the Board of Supervisors (Attachment G), staff mailed a letter to every property owner along these three roads informing them of the paving project and that VDOT would pave the road using Rural Rustic Road standards instead of traditional paving standards. Staff did not receive any correspondence or calls noting opposition to any of the projects. Numerous calls were received from residents along all three roads supporting the rural rustic road paving project. Staff met with Maxfield Road residents, at their request, to further explain the paving project.
If approved by the Board of Supervisors, VDOT will begin work on these projects this summer using state resources. Each project will take 45-90 days to complete. As part of staff’s effort to evaluate the Rural Rustic Road program, VDOT will conduct a speed study on Route 640 before the paving project begins and approximately 9 months after the paving to assess the impacts of the paving project on vehicle speed.
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 Bishop Hill Road, Gilbert Station Road and Maxfield Road as Rural Rustic Roads and requesting VDOT to hard surface these road segments as Rural Rustic Road paving projects.
Attachment A- Bishop Hill Road Location Map
Attachment B- Gilbert Station Road Location Map
Attachment C- Maxfield Road Location Map
Attachment D- Bishop Hill Road Resolution
Attachment E- Gilbert Station Road Resolution
Attachment F- Maxfield Road Resolution
Attachment G- County of Albemarle Rural Rustic Road Policy
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