Scottsville Town Council is hoping to have Mountain Vista Road paved under the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Rural Rustic Road program. The council approved a resolution asking for the work because the road is in bad condition. Albemarle County will formally apply to have the work done.
The VDOT program paves low volume unpaved roads if road conditions need to be improved or safety concerns need to be addressed.
“We think that Mountain Vista Round is a good contender to receive funds for paving,” Scottsville Town Administrator Matt Lawless said. During a work session in January, mayor Nancy Gill said she felt that the improvements would benefit the community and the environment, since gravel and silt washes into the creek.
In recent years residents voiced their concerns about the safety of the road, which is narrow, steep and winding. Paving the road would take away some of the safety concerns. According to Lawless, there are nine residential properties and two businesses on Mountain Vista Road.
“It’s up to VDOT to determine which projects will be taken on as part of the rustic road program. There are many unpaved roads in the state,” Lawless said. “We also have to determine that, if VDOT is moving forward, if they would pave the whole road, or just the part of the road within the town limits.”
Lawless expects a decision from VDOT in the next few months.
Mountain Vista road runs from Valley Street, crosses James River Road and continues on outside the town limits into Albemarle County.