The wretched winter weather hasn’t improved the situation on his street, Bennett says, and he wants better maintenance for unpaved roads such as his.
“This is the time of year that it’s probably at its worst,” says Del. Dave LaRock, R-Hamilton, of his district’s unpaved roads.
LaRock represents Virginia’s 33rd district, an area that stretches from Leesburg to Winchester, and says he’s aware of the problems unpaved roads cause residents.
LaRock is pushing a budget amendment through the House that adds conditions on how the state spends money on transportation. His intent is to focus the spending on road maintenance and away from projects outside of his district.
“A huge portion of the money that flows into the Virginia transportation district as a result of last year’s HB 2313, which became law, is going to projects that don’t really affect our roads, particularly in western Loudoun … We want to put the money where the need is,” LaRock says.
In the immediate, VDOT suggests residents report maintenance issues on unpaved roads like they would a pothole, by filing a report. They can do that on VDOT’s website or by calling 800-367-7623.
While some in more urban areas would suggest residents consider paving or widening these roads, LaRock says many in the area prefer to live in a pastoral, unpaved setting. This ends up being a problem when the area is in the thick of winter.
“Widening them to some people means there will be more traffic and development, so they don’t necessarily jump at that option,” he says.
Outside of LaRock’s effort to focus spending on maintaining roads, Del. Randy Minchew, R-Leesburg, is sponsoring a bill that requires VDOT to maintain Loudoun County’s unpaved road network, many of which date to before the Civil War.
Hoping to maintain the integrity of the roads, while also maintaining their viability is the goal of Minchew’s bill.