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.
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