Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) officials want to hear from the public next week about the proposed $5.4 million Route 670 connector road that has been on the books for almost three years.
The public forum is scheduled for Tuesday evening, May 21 at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Ruckersville.
The proposed road, which will be two lanes, is designed to connect U.S. Route 29 to Preddy Creek Road south of Matthew Mill Road in Ruckersville, according to Lou Hatter, VDOT communications manager.
Greene County applied for and received Smart Scale funding from the state in 2016 to construct the road, which will include four-foot paved shoulders on each side.
There are three construction alternatives that VDOT wants public input on that night.
Alternative A proposes the alignment of the new roadway will intersect Route 670 directly across from Autumn Oaks Road, creating a four-way intersection. The connector road will intersect Route 29 approximately 1,675 feet south of the signalized intersection of Route 607 (Matthew Mill Road). Left and right turn lanes on Route 670 may be needed in the future but will not be included as part of this alternative.
Alternative B proposes a realignment of Route 670 to provide direct access to Route 29. The new two-lane roadway will intersect Route 29 approximately 1,250 feet south of the signalized intersection of Route 607. This alternative better accommodates future growth and eliminates the need for turn lanes to be added in the future.
Alternative C is a no-build option.
There will not be a structured presentation at the meeting, Hatter said, but instead it’s an open house style hearing where VDOT staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the project. The public can review information about each construction alternative and provide feedback on the project orally or in writing.
The goal of the project, according to the VDOT website is to “improve connectivity and accommodate future commercial and residential growth in Greene County.” The idea is to reduce delays along that section of Route 29 during peak community hours.
The Smart Scale application notes the construction will not require displacement of any families, businesses or other organizations. The property it is traverse is an area that is zoned for future residential and commercial growth.
The estimated costs for alternative A include $850,000 for engineering of the plans; $720,000 for right of way acquisition and utility relocation; and $3,830,000 for construction. The estimated costs for alternative B include $850,000 for engineering; $850,000 for right of way acquisition and utility relocation; and $3,700,000 for construction.
“I hope people take advantage of this opportunity to come out to speak to VDOT officials and let their opinions be known,” Hatter said.
The comment period on the project will extend until May 31. Written comments can also be submitted by mail to John Rose, Project Manager, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, VA 22701. Email comments can be sent to John. Rose1@vdot.virginia.gov.
Anyone requiring special assistance to attend and participate in this meeting may contact VDOT at (540) 829-7500,( 800) 367-7623 or TTY/TDD 711.
More information about the projects can be found on VDOT’s website at http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/culpeper/route670connector.asp