VDOT expands Linden commuter lot

Commuters who use the park-and-ride lot in Linden will find more spaces  available starting this morning.

The Virginia Department of Transportation announced Thursday that workers recently completed a project to expand the commuter lot on Dismal Hollow Road in Warren County. Kickin’ Asphalt Paving and Excavating LLC, of Strasburg, and VDOT expanded the number of available spaces by 62 in a new lot built just east of the existing facility near Interstate 66 exit 13 in Linden. VDOT spokeswoman Sandy Myers said Thursday that the state agency likely has no plans to expand the Linden lot further.

VDOT awarded a $285,231 contract to Kickin’ Asphalt on June 1, 2016.

The expansion gives commuters almost 200 parking spaces along Dismal Hollow Road. The lot previous featured 128 spaces, including four handicapped-accessible spots. Workers built the 21,600-square-foot lot on existing VDOT property and right-of-way. The fully paved lot features lighting and handicapped-accessible spaces.

County Administrator Doug Stanley said Thursday that local officials have been talking with VDOT representatives for 10-15 years about expanding area park-and-ride opportunities, including the lot in Linden.

“When we go to the VDOT Six-Year-Plan meetings, we make an annual request every year for an additional park-and-ride (spaces),” Stanley said.

“We appreciate VDOT hearing us when we’ve been asking for this,” he added. “We’ll still look for continuing opportunities but, hopefully, in the short term, this’ll meet the needs of the community.”

VDOT maintains 20 commuter lots in the Staunton District that covers much of the Northern Shenandoah Valley and manages two lots that serve Front Royal and Warren County.

The Crooked Run lot on U.S. 340-522 near Riverton Road north of Front Royal provides 272 parking spaces, including seven handicapped-accessible spots, as well as full paving and lighting. The popular lot is next to the Warren County refuse and recycling center.

The Chevron Station in Linden at Apple Mountain Road and John Marshall Highway had offered 88 parking spaces on a gravel lot with no handicapped-accessible spots or lighting but VDOT no longer uses the property as a commuter lot, Myers said. The owner, Holtzman Family Limited Partnership, has allowed commuters to use the private lot until it is eventually developed, Stanley said. The lot remains a popular choice for commuters, he added.

“Now, that’s not enough – if Mr. Holtzman’s property were to be developed, it wouldn’t cover all those vehicles but certainly would put a dent into it,” Stanley said.

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