WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors is ready to adopt a scoring method for analyzing and prioritizing which dirt roads will receive hard surfacing treatments.
Supervisors receive requests to put roads on a six-year service plan, determining which secondary and tertiary roads throughout the county are due for resurfacing. The Board of Supervisors has 37 roads marked in their plan, with 13 of them earmarked as priority roads.
Each year, that list can change as new requests for roads come before the board. In order to adequately and fairly rank what roads will receive funding, the board asked Ed Carter, assistant residency administrator for the Virginia Department of Transportation, and Jill Jefferson, the county planner, to develop a scoring system that can be replicated by county staff members and organize needs in the county.
District 5 Supervisor Dennis Morris said a clear scoring system would help the county deal with shifting priorities.
“We could have constituents that came in here 12 years ago,” Morris said. "[if] we’ve revamped this thing, the one that comes in just this coming year might have higher priority.”
Rich Walker, District 3 supervisor, said Morris was correct, and having clear scoring criteria allowed them to have something to point to and explain to constituents why priorities changed.
Each road on the county’s list receives scores between 1 and 4 for a variety of reasons — the amount of traffic; the number of years on the list; whether buses use the road and number of houses along the road. Once those scores are added up, roads with higher scores are moved up the priority list.
Carter told supervisors he suggested a slight change to the previously suggested criteria that would pro-rate the cost — telling supervisors how much the county would pay per trip to resurface the road.
Supervisors embraced the suggested scoring criteria and will hold a public meeting to present the idea to residents before officially adopting the plan.