FRONT ROYAL - The Board of Supervisors at its regular Tuesday meeting prioritized which unpaved county roads should be paved by unanimously approving a six-year secondary road plan.
The county’s top five paving priorities are:
• A 1.57-mile paving project on Rocky Lane that will cost $360,000 with construction to begin sometime this year.
• A 1-mile paving project on Ashby Station Road that will cost $265,000 with construction to begin sometime this year.
• A .2-mile paving project on Richardson Road that will cost $45,000 with construction to begin this year.
• A .2-mile paving project on Bucks Mill Road that will cost $45,000 with construction to begin this year.
• A 1-mile paving project on Thunder Road that will cost $225,000 with construction to begin sometime in 2020.
According to previous reports, the roads on this year's list are the same top five priorities that made last year's list.
Supervisor Tony Carter noted that the six-year road plan can often turn into the 20- or 30-year road plan and that "it all comes down to the money."
Ed Carter, of the Virginia Department of Transportation, said that the projects are jointly funded by the Virginia Department of Transportation and the county. He noted that the estimated completion dates are all based on forecasted state revenue, which is subject to change.
During a public hearing, three citizens noted the need for Rocky Hollow Lane - which is the county's seventh priority - to be paved.
Carter said a $250,000 paving project on Rocky Hollow Lane that will pave the road for 1.1 miles is expected to be fully funded in 2021.
Steven Cullers said Rocky Hollow Lane has been on the six-year plan for 30 years and needs to be paved.
He said there is a campground at each end of the road and canoe rental companies are often using the road, and dust is constantly a problem on the weekends. He said he knows of “no other road” that brings in such a large amount of money into the county and asked the county to consider that.
John Gibson agreed and said at the end of the weekend “we just have a layer of dust on everything.”