Voters will consider a $50 million bond referendum in November to support transportation projects in Stafford County. At their June meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted to request the Circuit Court to order a referendum question be placed on the ballot regarding the issuance of the County’s general obligation funds to finance various road projects.
Using the results of a Comprehensive Road Evaluation study completed earlier this year, the Board identified a list of eight major road construction projects and 35 road widening/safety projects that could be funded through a transportation bond. The bond funds will be leveraged to bring in additional revenue sources such as Smart Scale funding, Revenue Sharing Program, Regional Surface Transportation Program and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds along with other state and federal funds. The 35 road widening/safety projects will be completed in coordination with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). The road widening projects will be completed with already scheduled paving activities, lessening the cost to the County considerably. The eight major construction projects will be completed by Stafford using the Locally Administered Projects manual in coordination with VDOT.
The eight major road construction projects include the following: Shelton Shop Road, Morton Road, Garrisonville Road (Eustace Road to Shelton Shop), Onville Road, Layhill Road, Mountain View Road (Kellogg Mill to Choptank Road), Enon Road and Rt. 1 intersection to Stafford Indians Lane, and Leeland Road (Julian to Portland Drive).
A community engagement plan is being developed for disseminating information to citizens. It will be presented to the Board of Supervisors on August 20, 2019. The intent of the community engagement plan will be to ensure the public has a thorough understanding of the road bond projects to make an informed decision in November. The Stafford County website will also be used to provide this comprehensive information.
While the Virginia Department of Transportation holds the primary responsibility for building, maintaining and operating the state’s roads, bridges and tunnels, Stafford County has also assumed responsibility and invested more than $57,000,000 of County funds in transportation infrastructure over the last eight years. The County has initiated and helped fund 22 road improvement projects, including Youth Driver Task Force projects, which might never have happened without County support. The status of completed, current and future road projects may be found on the Transportation Projects page of the Stafford County website at www.staffordcountyva.gov/1549/Road-Projects.