County completes work on Drummer Hill Road

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County and Shenandoah Farms celebrated the completion of a road-improvement project in the rural neighborhood Friday.

County officials cut the ribbon on Drummer Hill Road, off Blue Mountain Road and Howellsville Road, in the Shenandoah Farms Sanitary District. The county improved the 0.27-mile stretch to state standards with the intention of the Virginia Department of Transportation taking the road into its highway system for future maintenance. Deputy County Administrator Bob Childress said Friday he received word recently that VDOT has accepted the road into its system. Mountain Lake Road, also maintained by VDOT, intersects with Drummer Hill Road.

Shenandoah Farms Sanitary District property owners paid for the VDOT Rural Addition project, Childress said. Other cost-sharing projects underway or completed in the district are covered by property owners, the county and VDOT. The Capital Improvement Plan for the sanitary district includes both cost-sharing projects and initiatives covered by the property owners. The property owners had recommended that the county move forward with the improvements to Drummer Hill Road, Childress said.

The county completed the project for $166,000 – below the initial cost estimate of $188,000, Childress said. The county also intended to complete the project by late summer or early fall this year, he noted.

The county built another Rural Addition project funded by the sanitary district this past summer – improvements made at the end of Farms Riverview Road for approximately $47,500, Childress said. The county constructed the project that coincided with improvements made to Myers Drive and Farms Riverview Road by VDOT using recreational access funding. Farms Riverview Road leads to the recently completed boat landing. Now all of Farms Riverview Road and Myers Drive is in the state system, Childress said.

The county has three more cost-sharing projects in the works – a section of Pine Ridge Road, Copenhaver Road and part of Western Lane. VDOT funding is in place. Childress said he’s waiting on utilities to relocate their conflicting facilities so that construction can begin in the spring.

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