Hearing Tuesday on six-year road plan

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on May 22, 2013 - 12:19 PM

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday on the county’s six-year road plan. The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. in the historic courthouse.

Current roads included on the plan are North River Road, where work is already underway at a total projected cost of $2.13 million; Lillies Lane, expected to cost $60,048; Brittany Lane, at $85,498; Heath Road ($45,725); Old House Woods Road ($65,000), and Kings Landing Road ($73,000).

All the roads except North River Road are part of the Rural Rustic Road Program, which calls for simply surface-treating roads that currently are not hard-surfaced, said Sean Trapani, the VDOT Saluda residency administrator. The process requires minimal engineering and planning since the roads are simply paved over without adding capacity, which accounts for the lower cost.

Trapani said he typically suggests to supervisors which roads should be paved based on the amount of traffic, the amount of money going into maintenance, and the cost of the project. Once the proposed roads are paved, he said, there will only be a dozen or so state-maintained roads in Mathews that are still unpaved.