Citizens expressed their concerns about road conditions during a public hearing held by the Halifax County Board of Supervisors Monday evening.
The public hearing was set to hear input on the plan that will run from 2023 through 2028 and will help to aid and maintain damaged roads in need of attention.
Kenneth Martin with Virginia Department of Transportation presented a draft to supervisors that include $254,716, enough money to resurface about 1.70 miles.
When asked by chairman Ricky Short how much it was per mile to repave a road Kenneth Martin responded, “it depends on the road due to curves and condition, but $100,000 per mile is usually what we go by.”
Many Halifax residents expressed their concerns of roads in the county that were damaged with potholes and were too narrow.
Barbara Brown was one of the few to express her concern about the narrowness on Route 716.
“If one of those new big RV’s start coming your way, you pretty much have to get out the road to let them pass. There’s not enough room for both of us to go by at the same time because of how narrow the road is,” she added.
Brandon Lopez and Erica Throckmorton also expressed concern about Osborn Lane due to potholes along the road.
Board member Stanley Brandon later made the request to add Osborn Lane to the six-year plan, in which Marin said would be discussed later.
Martin mentioned some roads were already under maintenance such as Chaffin trail and Crossroads Trail, which will be finished at a later date. He also mentioned the names of a few roads set to begin maintenance in the coming up years such as Shelton Road and Clements Trail in the year 2023, and Whiteoak Trail in the year 2025.
The Virginia Department of transportation also recommended adding Carter Trail, Coleman Avenue and Crews Trail to the plan.
Although this plan involves fixing roads, this plan is only directed toward secondary roads, which brought concern to Brown about other primary roads such as U.S. 360 to 344 that also need maintenance.
Martin did mention at the meeting “this is an allocation plan not a construction plan” meaning it is a plan to figure out which roads need the attention more than others before construction.
All there is to do now is sit back and see if the plans follow through and if the six-year plan will better Halifax County in the coming up years.