Loudoun Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Ralph M. Buona (R-Ashburn) had a “word of caution” as the board last week considered three new sidewalk projects that would empty the county’s Sterling Area Sidewalks project fund and bring the countywide sidewalk fund below $400,000.
“I do want to point out to my colleagues that we are approving three of these in our very first month in office,” Buona said. He said that although he supports the three “very good” projects, board members would have to choose sidewalk projects carefully going forward.
“They’re going to have to, I think, be very high priorities, or we’re going to have to find another way to replenish this fund and bring more money to the table,” Buona said. “Because over the last four or five years, this fund has been going downward and downward, and it’s down to the point where maybe we can only do one or two more sidewalks countywide.”
Supervisor Koran T. Saines (D-Sterling) defended the sidewalk projects.
“This is something that we’ve been waiting for for a very long time in Sterling,” Saines said. “I’m glad we’re getting them done.” Supervisor Ron Meyer (R-Broad Run) agreed, pointing out that many neighborhoods near the planned Metro stations do not have sidewalk access to those stations.
The board unanimously approved three sidewalk projects.
The first completes bicycle and pedestrian paths along Croson Lane, Mooreview Parkway, and Claude Moore Drive in the Broad Run District with funding from the Virginia Department of Transportation Secondary Road fund, costing the county nothing.
The second completes a sidewalk between Sherwood Court and Sterling Boulevard along West Greenthorn Avenue in Sterling, drawing down the remaining $138,452 in the Sterling Area Sidewalks capital project balance and transferring $4,148 from the county sidewalk project account.
The third constructs sidewalks adjacent to the Fairfax border, from Westminster Drive to the Bowl America Bowling Alley entrance along Woodson Drive, and from Norwood Place to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center along Sugarland Road. Those two projects would draw $199,700 from the county sidewalks fund, and along with the West Greenthorn Avenue project draw the fund down to $394,375 from $598,223.