State proposes highway modifications that waste money and may create fatal flaw
am a resident of the Eastern Shore, that little finger of land that separates
the Atlantic Ocean from the Chesapeake Bay. At a recent Northampton
County Board of Supervisors meeting the Supervisors requested Mr. Will
Cumming, Resident Engineer of VDOT to put a priority on a highway
improvement project in front of Kiptopeake Elementary School. Its
purpose is to widen the median strip in front of the school to provide
safety for school buses that turn south to serve students. The
median strip at this site is 20± wide. Therefore a school bus, 40'
to 50'in length, having to cross U.S. 13 blocks the Northbound traffic
lane. This is hazardous because U.S. 13 is a major North-South route
for heavy truck traffic. The Estimated cost of the median widening
project is $2 million ±.
I believe there are other less costly solutions available, I am requesting
your representatives review my solution to determine if it warrants your
Revise the school bus route so there is no requirement to block the median
Elementary School is located at the intersection of U.S. 13 and S.R. 684.
School Buses depart the school they drive to S.R. 684; turn left travel
about 100 yards to U.S. 13 and turn either left or right. Turning
left, blocking U.S. 13 traffic, can be avoided. When the buses drive
to S.R. 684, all buses can turn right and travel either to S.R. 642; turn
right travel to S.R. 600, Turn south and travel south until the last
student is served and proceed west on any of the crossing roads to U.S.
13; thence turning right or north bound to any left turn lane to pick-up
addition to the above situation there is another matter that your office
should be made aware. This is another U.S. 13 access matter whereas
the Board has approved an application by a developer for several median
cuts along U.S. 13. In my view the approval of the median cuts is
against the $100,000 study recently completed by VDOT, against the
Planning Commission recommendation, and fails to address health, safety,
and welfare of the people they govern. Your staff can read the
article in the January 8, 2003, edition of the Eastern Shore Post @ <easternshorepost.com>.
It is my view this is just another SNAFU by the local governing body that
will cost the Commonwealth of Virginia millions of taxpayer dollars to
correct when the issue could be addressed by the developer and everyone
can WIN. It is my view that your office might intervene by reviewing
the matter. If my concerns are warranted, maybe the Commonwealth
could refuse funding of a MONUMENT that does not address health, safety,
and welfare of the traveling public.
the way, there is another Median Widening Project 3 miles north of this
proposed development where 4 local citizens have been decapitated in two separate
incidents because of turning truck traffic just like the one being
proposed. WHEN WILL WE LEARN!!!!
a representative from YOUR office would like to review the sites or
discuss this matter with me further, please contact me via e-mail.
Granville Hogg - Eastern Shore