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July 7, 2017

Broadview Avenue project could move more quickly

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The project will include short medians, pedestrian crosswalks, changes in turning lanes and Route 211 intersection improvements.
This was a schedule that was set in Richmond. As each year comes along, some projects — statewide — get moved forward . . . . So there are opportunities to tighten the schedule, which I feel certain we’re going to be able to do.
— Mark Nesbit, VDOT engineer
Broadview Ave. Project
• Concept includes: 10 short medians from Route 211 to Roebling Street, 3 pedestrian crosswalks, 6-foot-wide shoulder or bike lane on each side, replacement of parallel turn lanes in middle with alternating turn lanes and improvements to Route 211 intersection.

• Why: To improve safety and traffic flow.

• Where: About 1 mile between Route 211 and Roebling Street (at McDonald’s).

• Estimated cost: $8 million.

• More information: Click here

• Funding: State has allocated $7 million; Town of Warrenton would pay the balance.
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Review and construction of long-planned safety improvements on Warrenton’s Broadview Avenue could start sooner than expected.

The schedule calls for a public hearing in early 2019 and construction two years later, Virginia Department of Transportation Resident Engineer Mark Nesbit told the Warrenton Town Council on Thursday night.

But, Mr. Nesbit believes his agency can accelerate the project.

“This was a schedule that was set in Richmond,” Mr. Nesbit said during a brief work session on the project. “As each year comes along, some projects — statewide — get moved forward . . . . So there are opportunities to tighten the schedule, which I feel certain we’re going to be able to do.”

He believes the public hearing process could start “sometime” in 2018.

And while the Warrenton resident engineer suggested construction could begin before the fall of 2021, he made no promises.

“Certainly, there are no guarantees that we can move that up, but we’re certainly going to do everything we can to expedite the schedule to get the different phases done earlier,” Mr. Nesbit said.

VDOT has made no decisions about the format, timing or location of a public hearing, Mr. Nesbit said.

But, he called the public hearing the “major point where we would get public input” on the project.

VDOT also will work closely with Broadview Avenue business and property owners before and during construction to minimize disruption, he said.

“We will certainly take into account their needs for access,” Mr. Nesbit told Councilman Kevin Carter (Ward 5). “Nobody wants to lose business as part of the project.”

But, “there will be impacts when we have a project like this. We’ll try to do as much as we can to minimize them.”

Mr. Nesbit’s pledge to try to put the project on a faster track pleased the council.

Bob Kravetz (Ward 4) recalled that five years ago he, Mayor Powell Duggan and VDOT officials talked with all property and business owners along Broadview Avenue about the project.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Mr. Kravetz, who chairs the council’s Public Safety and Transportation Committee. “Any expediting you can do would be greatly appreciated.”

The Commonwealth Transportation Board in Richmond last month approved another $5.4 million for the project. The state already had allocated about $1.6 million.

The projects — a series of medians, pedestrian crossings and intersection improvements — will cost an estimated $8 million. The Town of Warrenton will spend about $1 million to complete funding for work along a one-mile stretch of roadway.

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Tell It Like It Is · July 8, 2017 at 5:49 am
VDOT will screw this up just like the weight station and opal not to mention the southern by-pass to 29s intersection that is another $$$$ million dollar waste of money.

Look VDOT, simply extend the on ramp to 29s from the bypass, lower the speed limit on the existing by-pass and build the western by-pass. With all your college engineering degrees, common sense does not need a degree!!!!

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