- Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 10:47
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Meadow Avenue residents are being promised a paved road by the middle of September by Council Point of Contact for Streets and Roads, Councilman Gary Seeber.
Residents in Riverside Meadows subdivision have heard the promise that their main entrance would see pavement for years.
Former Mayor Fred Rummage campaigned on that promise and residents say realtors continue to promise new home buyers a less dusty future.
Originally when Riverside Meadows Subdivision was created, developer Historyland USA promised to pave the roads, but after going bankrupt in the 1980s, they pulled out, leaving a mess for the town and residents to clean up.
Historyland USA did put in water and sewer, but in order to pave the roads some technical adjustments have needed to be made. The town continued to seek funding for the Meadows paving project and a few years ago secured matching funding to perform part of the work. It was after the first funding was secured that the adjustments needed were discovered.
Due to a recent U.S. Census report the town’s population has grown considerably, forcing the town to take over road maintenance. Although VDOT still owns and provides funding for maintenance of the roads, Colonial Beach must now bid out jobs and hire contractors to complete repairs.
The matching funding required 25 percent from Colonial Beach and Westmoreland County and 50 percent from the state. Now that the town has taken over road maintenance, they have decided to pave the remaining portion of Meadows with money from the Capital Fund Improvements account to continue the pavement the entire length of Meadows, from State Route 205 to Riverside.
By paving the entire street the town will save money and any dirt road connecting to the paved road can be paved. By state statute, taxpayer money cannot be used to pave roads that do not connect to another road already paved to state standards.
Seeber said in his report to the council, “We want to get the whole road up to state standards. We had money set aside for capital improvements for roadwork that was not spent last year. Some of the money was slated for Meadow Avenue. That money will be brought forward. We will have to spend some additional money from this years capital improvement fund.”
Seeber estimated an additional $139,000 to complete the last portion of the street will come from this year’s capital improvement fund and explained how the town will make the money back from the paving project.
“Hopefully it will be done by the end of August or early September. As the town upgrades roads to VDOT standards, they are added to the system. Each year new roads are submitted to VDOT in January to be added. Then the town will receive a little over $10,000 a mile in July of 2014 for Meadow Avenue. We get $75,000 a year every year in the future depending on the state funding.”
Ruts in the road
Lynhaven Street has been a source of contention for motorists for a few years.
A number of yellow cones have resided at the intersection of Livingston and Lynhaven for a couple of years. Efforts to fill and repave the ruts have been futile and motorists continue to lodge complaints about this section.
“The problem,” Seeber told the council, “is there is some piping under that spot that is causing disturbance to the road. Our choices are to go back and repave every month or move the pipes. The water and sewer fund doesn’t have that kind of money. The state will allow us to use money to fix the top.” But he said it will continue to break, costing more money to fix.
Seeber suggested using some of the $250,000 of capital improvement funds to fix the pipe.
“If the water and sewer fund makes extra money the town can not touch it,” Seeber said. “It must be used for water and sewer. However, the town can use money from capital improvements to help the water and sewer department out.
“This area is a high-traffic area and is affecting a lot of motorists, so it really needs to be done.”
Seeber suggested that staff get an estimate from public works, then perform the necessary funding amendments to move the money.