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Speakers ask agency to mend problematic potholes
By Sally Vothemail@example.com
WOODSTOCK -- Darin Ryman has "religiously" attended public hearings in an attempt to get Coffman Road on the Virginia Department of Transportation's six-year secondary roads plan.
He was one of several residents who spoke at a public hearing on the plan during the Board of Supervisors' meeting last week.
"I've been religiously coming here and talking about Coffman Road," said Ryman, who has lived there for 12 years.
He said he sees different faces on the Board of Supervisors and hears the same story each time.
"There's only one plan I keep thinking about, and that's the current 45-year plan, that's how long my father-in-law, who's my neighbor, has been trying to get this road taken care of," Ryman said at the March 22 meeting. "That's as long as I've been alive. That's ridiculous."
Fred Parkey, of Dodson Road in Mt. Jackson, complained about the potholes on his street.
"It's tearing up our vehicles," he said. "I pay a lot of taxes. If you were living there, how would you feel? If I get my truck washed and then go home, it's dirty."
Bridge projects on several roads, including Artz Road in Woodstock, Water Street in Edinburg, Headley Road in Maurertown, Stony Creek Road west of Edinburg and Orchard Road outside Mt. Jackson, are being funded with federal money, according to a handout from VDOT.
About one mile of Coffman Road is third on a list of projects for potential rural rustic paving funding.
Other projects on the list that are slated for funding include improving the sight distance on Back Road, near Va. 638 west of Strasburg, and pipe work on Old School House Drive in Maurertown and Zepp Road in Zepp.
Jerry Copp, VDOT maintenance manager for the Edinburg residency, clarified where funding for paving projects comes from.
"The funding for the roads comes from gasoline taxes, comes from when you buy another automobile, that sales tax," he said. "It does not come from county taxes on property and so forth."
District 4 Supervisor Sharon Baroncelli said constituents should contact their local state representatives requesting that they lobby for more funding.
"But, you all have the final decision in setting construction priorities," Copp said.
He added the supervisors had no say in how much money the county would receive.
Last year, VDOT had about $111,000 to improve secondary roads in Shenandoah County -- of which there are 640 miles worth -- Copp said. This year, it's about $125,000, a far cry from past years.
"At one time, we were getting almost $3 million in Shenandoah County for this secondary roads system," Copp said.
It costs about $200,000 a mile to do rural rustic paving, he said.
"We really don't receive enough to do one mile of road," Copp said.
VDOT has a revenue-sharing program that counties can use, but it requires a 50-50 match, he said.