January 2, 2007
The intersection of Route 29 and Route 607 next to the Sheetz is one of the busiest intersections in all of Greene County. Tonight, about 20 concerned Ruckersville residents got a chance to talk to VDOT officials about this and other road concerns.
With new developments along Route 607 and the potential for more in the near future, residents are worried the intersection can't handle the traffic. Right now, the road is on Greene County's six year plan for spot improvements but there is no money allocated to the project. VDOT compiles money over time for projects designated by the different County's but with higher construction costs and less money being allocated by the state, projects are falling behind.
"We are really losing ground because the money is accruing at a slower rate than the inflation is eating up the money that is already putting in there. We are really getting hit on two sides. There is less real revenue available and on the other side, inflation is increasing the cost so much that we continue to fall behind," said Lou Hatter with the Virginia Department of Transportation.
With almost 4,000 trips a day, Route 607 qualifies for federal transportation money. VDOT estimates the spot improvements would cost nearly $5 million.
Right now, two other projects are ahead of this intersection on the 6 year plan. Improvements to Bacon Hollow Road and Dyke Road are taking most of the County's transportation dollars. However, VDOT officials say the public can talk to their Board of Supervisors to make changes to that plan.
A public hearing on the 6 year plan will be held in Greene County some time in February.