Lovettsville Awaits Funding for Broad Way Improvements

The $2 million second phase of Lovettsville’s East Broad Way Improvements Project is underway, with VDOT and county government funding potentially coming in this year.

The Lovettsville Town Council voted unanimously March 22 to approve a resolution that town staff will use to support the town’s application requesting $782,000 in VDOT funding. That funding, which was requested last year, would help pay for Broad Way road improvements beginning in fiscal year 2020.

Town Engineer Karin Fellers said VDOT requires towns to submit a resolution along with its funding request to show the application’s legitimacy.

“The goal of the resolution is to show council support of the project,” she said. “They want to make sure the town is serious.”

While VDOT requires a 20 percent match if it approves the funds, the town will exceed that requirement by more than $200,000, as it plans to use $365,000 on the project. Although the requested funds are only “preliminary estimates” and were difficult to accurately estimate, town staff felt it was necessary to apply for the funding last November because VDOT isn’t accepting such requests again until November 2019.

The Town Council in September also approved and submitted a resolution accompanying its application requesting about $1 million from the county.

Fellers said she expects to hear back from the county in the next two months and from VDOT by summer.

Phase two of the project will include road improvements and the addition of curbs and gutters, a water line, streetlights and sidewalks along Broad Way from Park Place to Light Street.

Phase one of the project ended last year and saw similar work done to the street from the Lovettsville Community Center to Park Place, a little less than a half-mile away.

Town Manager Sam Finz said that, although phase three could extend improvements on Broad Way even farther to the north, the town has yet to start planning that part of the project.

“Ultimately, we’d like to take that sidewalk all the way up to Berlin Pike,” he said. “It provides a pedestrian-friendly walkway.”

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