VDOT crews began widening a portion of Sinai Road on Tuesday morning as part of efforts to improve conditions for pedestrian travel.
According to Paula Jones, communications manager with VDOT, the plan is to finish the widening portion of the project by the end of October, weather permitting, with the entire project set to finish by the end of the year.
VDOT plans to shift the travel lanes along Sinai Road several feet to the east from approximately Westside Drive to Greens Folly Road and widen the shoulder along the west side of the roadway.
In addition, the shoulder will be paved and a curb/flexible bollard system installed to separate the travel lanes and the shoulder area and a crosswalk.
All work should be done in the existing right of way. Signs and pavement markings will be added for pedestrian travel.
The cost of the work is $200,000 and will be paid for from Secondary Six-Year Improvement Funds, said Jones.
“There will be no other project delays as a result of this work. The only other secondary projects using these funds currently are unpaved road projects (Rural Rustics),” she added.
In 2016, Halifax County Board of Supervisors approved a Secondary Six-Year Plan for FY 2017/18 through 2021/22. Roads included in the approved plan for rural rustic treatment were Pitt Trail, Whitlow Trail, Jeremy Creek Road, Deer Ridge Trail, Clark-Jordan Trail, King Village Trail, Milner Lane, Clays Mill School Road and Chaffin Trail.
VDOT’s communication manager also noted that there are other projects being done in Halifax County, but they do not use the Secondary Six-Year Funds.
By doing this work to Sinai Road, VDOT officials also said this would afford the county an opportunity to apply for future Transportation Alternative Program funds to support other pedestrian-oriented projects, if desired.
Sinai residents have been addressing the South Boston Town Council and Halifax County Board of Supervisors since May voicing safety concerns including the lack of sidewalks.
A portion of Sinai Road is in town limits and the other is under Halifax County’s jurisdiction.