Warren County is seeking applications for the County’s Rural Addition Program to upgrade and take roads into the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) system. The program allows private subdivision streets to be upgraded to minimum standards permitting their addition to the secondary system of highways through a combination of property owner, County and State funding. The County will accept applications postmarked by April 9, 2010.
In 1932, the General Assembly passed legislation that created the secondary system of state highways. VDOT was designated to manage and maintain the new highway system. Over the years, guidelines were established to ensure that qualifying roads could become eligible for acceptance into the state-maintained secondary system. The process to add existing roads that are not maintained by the state to this highway system begins with the local Board of Supervisors.
Developers of subdivisions build most of Virginia’s new roads. Streets built to the standards established in VDOT’s Subdivision Street Requirements and The Pavement Design Guide, are eligible to become state-maintained.
For many years, counties allowed subdivision streets to be built that did not meet the minimum standards permitting their addition to the secondary system of highways. The maintenance of such roads remains the responsibility of the developer or homeowners that are served. In many cases, when the cost of maintaining these roads becomes unaffordable, the citizens requested the state to accept their maintenance responsibility. In addition, residents on older, rural roads outside of established subdivisions often maintain their road too. These citizens may also want their roads to be added to the state-maintained highway system.
In October 2005, the Warren County Board of Supervisors adopted a policy that will allow the County to cost-share with VDOT and the various property owners’ associations/property owners to bring roads into the state system subject to available funding.
The Warren County’s Citizen Road Viewing Committee will review the list of eligible roads
The County’s priority list shall be determined upon the number of homes served by the proposed project and the public safety impact of improving the proposed road. The priority list will also take into account the terrain, drainage and/or other potential environmental issues that could increase the cost of the project.
The County will provide up to 25% of the total cost of an eligible project up to $250,000 subject to annual funding by the Board of Supervisors based on the adopted priority list. VDOT will provide matching funding up to 50% of project cost pursuant to Code Section 33.1-72.1 and subject to appropriations of the General Assembly.
In order for a private road to be considered for the VDOT Rural Addition/Revenue Sharing Program the following criteria must be agreed to by the affected property owners/homeowner’s association:
Anyone interested in participating in the program should contact Richard Magnifico at (540) 636-4600.
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