County seeks input on next round of road work

By Alex Bridges

Warren County plans to begin the next round of road projects in the Shenandoah Farms Sanitary District this summer.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the sanitary district’s capital improvement plan for fiscal 2015 on Tuesday. The plan includes a prioritized list of road projects estimated to cost more than $4.9 million. A Virginia Department of Transportation Program allows the county to share the cost of improving the roads with the homeowners in the Shenandoah Farms Sanitary District. VDOT then brings the improved roads into the state system.

The Shenandoah Farms Property Owners Association will cover more than $1.2 million of the total estimated cost of the projects on the list with money collected by the county through a special assessment.

The county completed four projects on the list in the current fiscal year. The updated list reflects the shifting of the prioritized projects. Now the plan begins with the first three phases of improvements along Old Oak Lane spanning less than one mile through several sections of the subdivision. The first three phases of Old Oak Lane appeared in the plan for the current fiscal year.

Vehicles make more than 7,500 trips on Old Oak Lane on an average day, county data shows. Assistant County Administrator Robert Childress pointed out Friday that improvements to the busy road remain a priority for the sanitary district and the next two phases of the project were moved up the list in an effort to complete them as soon as possible.

“[Old Oak] is a very high-volume roadway and that causes a lot of maintenance issues and headaches,” Childress said.

County Administrator Doug Stanley said Friday that it’s likely only the first of three phases of Old Oak Lane will be funded started in the next fiscal year. The first phase of the project calls for improvements from Manor Drive to Mosbys Meadow Lane — 0.36 miles at an estimated cost of $320,000. The property owners association will cover $95,000 of the total cost.

Other projects listed in the plan for fiscal 2015 are:

  • Pine Ridge Road phase I from Mountain Lake Drive to Copenhaver Road
  • Fellows Drive phase III from Flynn Drive to Farms River Road
  • Copenhaver Road from Pine Ridge Road to Western Lane
  • Western Drive from Copenhaver Road to Old Oak Lane
  • Farms View Road from Howellsville Road to a nearby cul de sac
  • Old Oak Lane phase IV from Venus Branch Road to Old Oregon Road
  • Youngs Drive from Farms View Road to a nearby cul de sac

The second section of the plan lists other projects for the neighborhood such as installation of signs, a guardrail and other improvements, estimated to cost $533,375.

“This annual process gives us the opportunity to move roads up on the list if they need to be for whatever reason,” Childress said. “Maybe we’re having significant maintenance issues with them or maybe traffic’s increased or maybe it just makes sense to re-juggle the priorities based on actual need and all of that is done with the [property owners group’s] board.”

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com