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Roundabout project gets last needed piece of land

Roundabout project gets last needed piece of land

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Those traveling through the intersection of Fairground and Sandy Hook Roads may have noticed work underway on the county’s first roundabout, a project local officials hope will help smooth out the traffic snarls that have long plagued the spot.

Last month the project hit a key milestone, with supervisors voting to donate 1.03 acres of land to the Virginia Department of Transportation for use as a right of way.

The move provided the last portion of land needed to begin construction, though not all board members were eager to lend their support.

District 5 supervisor Ken Peterson asked a number of questions concerning whether or not project planners had considered the economic value of the land that could potentially be lost once the roundabout is in place.

“It would be easier for me to get behind the donation if I knew it wasn’t going to handicap our ability to develop those corners…at this point I’m looking to see what the alternatives are. I don’t know if I could approve this if there is a chance that we can improve it.”

While Peterson ultimately voted in favor of donating the land — once project planners agreed to look at possible alternatives for drain field locations--District 1 supervisor Susan Lascolette reminded those in attendance that she has opposed the project from the beginning and voted against donation of the land.

The project, which is slated to cost just over $4.1 million, was originally approved by the county in 2017.

According to Todd Kilduff, Deputy County Administrator for Community and Economic Development, the county is set to begin seeking bids for the work in 2022.

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