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John Zampino of Catlett views a map of the planned Rogues Road improvement.

The shared-use path that’s part of the planned Rogues Road improvement got a thumbs up from a couple of visitors attending a public forum held Tuesday at Kettle Run High School near the project site.

“I like the shared-use path. Kids could ride their bikes to the ice cream shop,” said Ike Broaddus, co-owner of Old Busthead Brewing Company in Vint Hill. He was referring to an ice cream shop planned for Vint Hill.

A 10-foot wide shared-use path from Grapewood Drive to Kennedy Road will be part of the project that adds a northbound left turn lane from Rogues Road onto Kennedy Road. The aim is to ease traffic flow and improve safety and drainage. About a third of a mile of road is affected.

Broaddus said creating a trail through a wooded area off Academic Avenue on public school property would be a welcome future enhancement.

John Zampino lives in Catlett. While he doesn’t travel thought the project area on a daily basis, he does so occasionally, and he attended the forum to learn more about the project.

“I live in Fauquier and I care about what goes on here. I want to see improvements but I’m one of those citizens who wants to keep the county’s charm,” Zampino said.

He said the project’s goal is to make the road safer “and that’s fine.”

Being a cyclist, he said he likes having a shared-use path. The path will connect with an existing one within Vint Hill.

The project was sought by Fauquier County and the roughly $5 million cost has been funded, according to Michael Jacobs, location and design engineer with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

It will be a while before work gets underway. The timetable calls for right of way acquisition and utility relocation starting next spring, advertising for bids during the fall of 2021 and completion of the project during the winter of 2022.

Public comments about the project are being received until June 13. Comments can be emailed to David.Cubbage@VDOT.Virginia.gov. Project information can be viewed at www.virginiadot.org/projects/culpeper/roguesrd.asp.

Reach James Ivancic at jivancic@fauquier.com.

(5) comments

AmericaFirst

Absolutely zero public funds for bicycle paths until bicycles are registered, tagged, insured and the riders obey the rules of the road.

The Nomad Rider

@AmericaFirst So, add another layer of bureaucracy that'll end up costing the taxpayers to enact and enforce it? Will we have the sheriff issue citations for every child that it not properly tagged and insured or that can't produce proof of compliance? And just what kind of insurance to you propose for the bicyclist? Insurance is not intended to pay for small "out of pocket" expenses hence, deductibles apply to claims. Insurance is intended to pay for large claims that the insured probably doesn't have the resources to pay. Even if they crashed into the side of your car at their top speed it's unlikely that any damage is going to exceed $4-500. If you fail to give them the right of way that they are entitled to under the law, then YOU are at fault and liable for their injuries so your insurance pays. You're not a cyclist. I get that. But that cyclist that is ahead of you on the road also drives on it and pays just as large a percentage of his income in taxes to maintain and use it as you do. If the cyclist is not obeying the laws as they pertain to use of the roads, then they too are subject to the same traffic citations as cars. I'm thinking that you just don't like to be inconvenienced when you can't get around a bike. Deal with it.

AmericaFirst

add another layer of bureaucracy that'll end up costing the taxpayers to enact and enforce it? Why not? The state had no problem doing that with trailers, or pretending one ton trucks were commercial vehicles - why are you special? Will we have the sheriff issue citations for every child that it not properly tagged and insured or that can't produce proof of compliance? Isn't that what we pay them to do? Enforce the law? And just what kind of insurance to you propose for the bicyclist? Insurance is not intended to pay for small "out of pocket" expenses hence, deductibles apply to claims. Insurance is intended to pay for large claims that the insured probably doesn't have the resources to pay. Even if they crashed into the side of your car at their top speed it's unlikely that any damage is going to exceed $4-500. Crash your bicycle into the side of my 75,000 truck, and you will be stunned at the bill you just created. You will WISH you had insurance.

The Nomad Rider

You know, you're right. We pay the sheriff to enforce the law. I'm going to give him a call this afternoon and give him an earful about the neighbors dog. I know for a fact it doesn't wear a dog tag as required by law and the sheriff needs to enforce each and every law because some troll on the internet said that's what we pay him for! Never mind the rampant opioid abuse problem he has to deal with - enforce each and every law darn it! Help me to understand something were. If someone crashes a bicycle into the side of a car and it causes $4-500 in damage, but your truck - because it costs $75,000 - the damage is more than $4-500? Wow. Sounds like a naiveté tax to me. My truck big. Cost big money. Cost big money to fix minor damage. I pay because I'm not too smart. But really - you may not have to pay it because the bicyclist that crashed into the side of your large, overpriced vehicle is liable for that damage *IF HE IS AT FAULT*. You sound to me like the kind of person that will not give the bicyclist the 3' of separation required by the law, and will actually be the cause of the collision so, it'll probably be your responsibility to pay for those damages. And hospital bills (if the cyclist survives), funeral expenses otherwise.

AmericaFirst

If the cyclist is not obeying the laws as they pertain to use of the roads, then they too are subject to the same traffic citations as cars. No tags, no registration - how is this enforced? The organ donor will turn themselves in? Really? Is that how this works? It sounds like the idea of illegal alien criminals turning up at hearings when they are looooog gone. If thats the case - then lets do away with license plates. Just think of what taxpayers could do with the cash that frees up.

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