January 11, 2006
After pleading with county leaders about their old washed out bridges, Greene County residents are finally having their concerns addressed. This has been an on-going battle for residents for years, and now there may finally be some hope.
Each time April Rhodes stands on her front porch along Rt. 634 she's greeted with an old washed out bridge. It's being temporarily fixed, but like many others in Greene County, it needs permanent repairs.
"They flood quite frequently, and when they do flood, you can't get emergency personnel in to you, you can't get out if you need to," said Rhodes.
Just a few miles down from Rhodes, Roy Moras is dealing with the same problem. His house sits yards away from the deteriorating Mutton Hollow Bridge.
"This is the worst road in Greene County," said Moras.
Both residents brought their concerns to Tuesday night's county board meeting and to their surprise, county leaders agreed repairs are needed. On Wednesday they got the ball rolling.
"As we speak, the design and permitting process are occurring, in trying to make the road passable and to make it safe for the residents," said Steve Catalano, Chairman of the Greene County Board of Supervisors.
The current repairs are again only temporary, the estimated $600,000 for a new Mutton Hollow Bridge has to come from the Virginia Department of Transportation, who now has to wait on a green light from state legislatures. Still, residents agree just knowing that the county is now pushing forward now is a step in the right direction.
"I think that they probably put it towards the priority of their list. I do really think they will," said Rhodes.
Residents say they aren't stopping here. Their next step is to write to state legislators and push the issue. They say they will do whatever it takes to get those bridges completely restored and safe. Greene County officials plan to meet with VDOT again in February. They're asking that the Mutton Hollow Bridge renovations be added in their six-year plan.