Jason Bond 540-387-5493
March 16, 2009
PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE TRANSPORTATION STUDY
The Virginia Department of Transportation, in cooperation with Michael Baker Jr. Inc. and Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern Inc., will seek public input on potential short-term and long-term transportation improvements for the Smith Mountain Lake area. This area is expected to continue to grow, and a study is being performed to develop transportation solutions to address expected increases in population and traffic.
VDOT and the study team have developed some draft recommendations for transportation improvements in the Smith Mountain Lake area and will gather public input before these recommendations are finalized. Once finalized, the recommendations can become projects as highway improvement priorities are established and funding becomes available.
Input from the community, especially those who travel or live and work within the Smith Mountain Lake area, is extremely important to the success of the study. The area of study is generally bounded by Route 220 to the west, Route 40 to the south, Route 29 to the east and Route 460 to the north.
VDOT is holding two citizen information meetings.
· The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 1 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Burnt Chimney Elementary School located at 80 Burnt Chimney Road in Wirtz.
· The second meeting will be held on Thursday, April 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Moneta Elementary School located at 12718 Old Moneta Road in Moneta.
Both meetings will be held in an informal “open house” format, so people can attend at their convenience. Representatives from VDOT and the study team will be present to answer questions and receive comments on this important transportation study.
Written comments about the project may be submitted at the meetings or by Friday, April 17 to Michael Gray, Virginia Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 3071, Salem, Va. 24153.
Citizens requiring special assistance to attend and participate in the meeting, or needing additional information should call VDOT’s Salem District Office at 540-387-5320 (TDD users, call 711).
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