Letter: Other road projects more pressing than Rt. 198
Why is VDOT wasting taxpayer money? Route 198 is being resurfaced from Glenns to Mathews. I have driven this road for 10 years and don’t ever remember seeing a pothole. Route 198 seemed to be in good to excellent condition before this resurfacing began. Why then is VDOT having it paved again?
What really concerns me is that Route 603 (Figg Shop Road) is full of potholes and attempted repairs. There are 213 repaired potholes on this four-mile stretch of road. Currently 37 of these are open and present a danger to any vehicle traveling this stretch. Some residents are buying fluorescent paint and encircling the holes to provide drivers notice to avoid damage to their vehicles.
While this is beneficial, I have encountered some near-accidents as drivers swerve to avoid the marked holes. VDOT does come out from time to time to fill the holes but they simply open up again very quickly. Are they using inferior patch? Maybe the workmen are doing a poor job of preparing the patch. Route 603 is used by more than the residents that live along its arteries. Many drivers use it as a short cut from Indian Road over to Route 198. It gets lots of traffic.
I am sure there are other roads in the county as bad as Figg Shop Road, so why then does VDOT waste money repairing a perfectly good highway when others that really need paving are completely ignored? If your road is as bad as mine, I urge you to contact VDOT and express your concerns with the waste on Route 198.