Greggsville Road residents turned at least one supervisor’s head with an outpouring of support for Virginia Department of Transportation plans to pave their gravel road at a public hearing tonight.
Eleven residents spoke at the joint public hearing of the Board of Supervisors and VDOT, all strongly in favor of VDOT’s plans to reconstruct and pave Greggsville Road, south of Purcellville near Philomont, under the department’s rural rustic roads program.
Residents spoke about the road’s poor condition, which they said makes it dangerous around corners, impassable in bad weather and treacherous for first responders.
“The washboard, the holes, the ruts, it slows everything down, and as I’ve stated in previous meetings, if it costs the rescue teams an extra minute or two minutes, that may have an impact on somebody’s life out there,” said Greggsville Road resident Kevin Clark. Others told stories of using their farm equipment to drag rescue apparatus out of snow drifts.
The department would spend $2 million to pave 2.8 miles of road in fiscal year 2018. The project was funded through a state budget amendment introduced by Sen. Richard H. Black (R-13). The project had faced opposition in letters from an equestrian group and a rural road committee.
“Public hearings, and hearing from the public works, because I had no idea, and I would have voted no before,” said Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large). “Now I’m going to vote yes, based on you all’s coming to talk to me.”
“I want to lay your fears to rest,” said Supervisor Tony R. Buffington (R-Blue Ridge), who represents that area. “You, the residents, will decide how I vote.”
VDOT’s proposed $9.4 million, six-year plan for secondary road projects, including Greggsville Road, was approved unanimously by supervisors.