Road Funds

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

There's no doubt Rockingham County has gotten less than other counties in the past 10 years. But, VDOT says they're not getting short-changed, it's just the way the cards fall.

Eleven counties have their hands in the primary road improvement pot.

"It seems there's a glaring disparity there as to how that funding has been allocated," Bill O'Brien says.

Here's a breakdown, in the past 10 years, Rockingham County's gotten $14.5 million, Augusta County's gotten five times that much, about $73 million, Frederick and Warren counties have also seen more than Rockingham.

"Simple math shows we're not getting what's due us," O'Brien says.

It's not that easy, projects are listed by priority in the six year plan so there's not a set amount of money for each county.

"If you look at the six year plan, Augusta County has a couple projects that take a lot of money-the 262 bypass is a very big project that's been in the plan for a long time," Dennis Morrison says.

It took about half the money allocated in the past six years, but Rockingham's turn is coming up, the SouthEastern bypass, or loop road, will take up $200 - $400 million before it's done. But, how do they ensure the county will continue getting money?

"I would look for Rockingham to work closely with the cities, look at their area transportation plan come up with a plan the region is agreeable to," Morrison says.

The county has called a meeting of county and VDOT officials to make sure their needs are met. They'd like to see improvement to routes 340, 11, and 42.

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