VDOT and Augusta County

??????????By David Karaffa
Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

Tonight’s agenda is very light for the Board of Supervisors. The line item that seemed to me as the most important is the review of VDOT (Virginia Department of Transportation) 6-year plan. This document that will be reviewed and approved tonight is Augusta County’s plan for road construction over the next 6 years.

The plan is created in conjunction with VDOT because the commonwealth allots money to local governments every year for road construction. The amount that is received by the local governments has seen severe cuts over the last five years.

Historically, Augusta County has received millions from the state to perform road construction and enhancements. Unfortunately, due to economic conditions and state budget cuts, Augusta County now only receives roughly $250,000 for road construction. This amount doesn’t even pave 1 mile of new road. Therefore, the VDOT 6-year plan is lovingly referred to as the VDOT 20-year plan because it will take that long to save up $250,000 per year to start a new road project.

Current road construction such as Exit 91 and Route 636 are largely being financed by Augusta County with the Commonwealth of Virginia pitching in for the cost.

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