At its regular meeting on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, Town Council adopted a Resolution in support of an application for allocation of Town funds up to $500,000 to be matched through the Virginia Department of Transportation Revenue Sharing Program to be used for the Mountain View Road Reconstruction Project. The estimated total cost for this Project is over $1 million.
The final application will be submitted to VDOT no later than October 1, 2019, in order to be eligible to receive funds for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The Town’s pre-application has already been accepted.
Mountain View Road has an average daily traffic of 4,000 vehicles, which according to engineers and representatives with VDOT is surprising considering that it is a residential road.
A repaving of Mountain View Road was done several years ago which only lasted approximately 1 to 1-1/2 years before beginning to fail; therefore, simply repaving it again would not yield any better results than it did in the past. The road base and in some cases the subgrade have failed. Other issues relate to drainage and not having the right stone or in some areas no stone at all underneath the asphalt, which may require adding some drainage in those areas to get the water away from under the asphalt.
The reconstruction will be from the Roanoke County line to Washington Avenue in the Town and will use the existing footprint with the same width and markings that now exist.
As part of the CIP budget for FY 2019-2020, Council set side $350,000 from the pari-mutuel taxes estimated to be generated by Rosie’s Gaming Emporium toward the Town’s $500,000 match for the project. The balance of the Town’s match will be set aside in the FY 2020-2021 budget so full-funding of the revenue sharing will be available by July 1, 2021.