By Kim Walter -- firstname.lastname@example.org
FRONT ROYAL -- The Warren County Board of Supervisors was given a presentation on their six-year secondary system improvement plan from VDOT, which included five projects set to be advertised or begin this year.
The projects will be funded through the use of the county's revenue sharing dollars, and consist mostly of rural additions. Work on Gooney Manor Loop in Browntown is the largest of those projects, said Ed Carter from VDOT's Edinburg Residency.
"We had to add a few additional dollars to the project," he said. The estimated cost is at $843,346 for work on a 3.4 mile section of the road. Carter said the project is in the "environmental process" and should be out for advertisement this spring.
Carter's presentation also listed what board members have prioritized as the county's major projects.
Two bridge replacement projects will take place in the county, on Morgan Ford Road and Indian Hollow Road. Both projects are estimated to cost between $5 and $8 million, with the Indian Hollow bridge replacement being fully funded with an expected start date of November 2012. Work on Morgan Ford Road probably won't start until 2014, Carter said, as it's still in the design phase.
Work will continue on Happy Creek Road on "the section that goes back into the county," Carter said. The cost estimate of $528,000 would only cover the associated engineering. There was no official start date, but Carter said VDOT is "looking at 2013."
Supervisor Tony Carter asked what kind of cost would be associated with an expansion of Rt. 55 east into a four lane roadway.
Carter, from VDOT, said that based on cost planning estimates, making a two-lane road into a four lane would cost about $3.4 million per mile.
Work on Rt. 55, or High Knob Road, was not included in the six year plan.