††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE


†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† EXECUTIVE SUMMARY




Paving Request for Blenheim Road (Rt. 795) between Rt. 708 and Rt. 713




Request for private citizen to pave Blenheim Road

(Rt. 795) between Rt. 708 and Rt. 713






AGENDA DATE:†††††††††††††††††††††††

January 7, 2004


ACTION:†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††INFORMATION:




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VDOT received a request to pave Blenheim Road (Rt.795) between Rt. 708 and Rt. 713, and has requested comments from the County.To date, staff is still gathering information regarding this request. In the mean time, there has been clearing on both sides of Blenheim Road. VDOT, staff, and residents have been concerned that the paving process has started. This report is to provide the Board with the information gathered to date.



3.1 Make the County a Safe and Healthy Community in which citizens feel secure to live, work and play.

3.3 Develop and implement policies that address the Countyís growth and urbanization while continuing to enhance the factors that contribute to the quality of life in the County.



This section of Rt. 795 is not on the Countyís Secondary Road Priority List. The property was recently sold to Murcielago LLC from Westvaco Corporation, and the new owner has continued logging operations. VDOT has met with the property owner on site to review the process involved to pave a road by a private citizen. The property owner will be submitting road plans to VDOT. They will also be providing a written explanation of the proposal to the Director of Engineering (Mark Graham) and VDOT in the near future. VDOT has indicated it will mail letters to adjacent property owners explaining the project. Staff could not obtain a definite timetable for these items, because the information is dependent on the applicant. Staff will provide the Board of Supervisors all of this information when it is available.


At this time, the applicant does not have permission to work within VDOTís right-of-way. VDOT has not issued an environmental permit and has contacted the applicant with their concerns about the current logging operation. Staff will continue to monitor these concerns and update the Board of Supervisors.


Staff has also driven this section of Blenheim Road. It is located between two paved sections of Rt. 795. According to VDOTís records, there have been twelve persons injured and one person killed in six total crashes between January 1, 1992 and June 30, 2003 along this section of road. VDOT anticipates the ultimate cross-section of Rt. 795 between Route 713 and Route 708 to be 18í of pavement with a 2í shoulder, which is typical of a paving project in rural Albemarle County. The most current number of vehicle trips per day on this section of road is 40. Staff is in the process of determining the impact this paving will have on the Rural Areas. However, staff cannot complete its evaluation without the project plans and the description of the project.



This report is provided for information only. Staff will continue to monitor this matter and update the Board of Supervisors in the future.


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