During Monday’s County Board of Supervisors’ meeting Residency Administrator with VDOT Tommy Catlett was a sounding board as a number of the Greensville County Board of Supervisors, along with citizens in the community, expressed their frustrations over what they perceived as VDOT’s lack of communication, follow up and the status of the roadway conditions.
Catlett addressed the Board of Supervisors and reported the progress VDOT has made since last months meeting. Catlett began to report the following I-95 Meherrin River Bridge Project was still in progress and should be completed within a week or two, Liberty Rd. is under review for safety improvements. He said that the mowing had been completed throughout the entire County. “Otterdam Rd. has not been mowed at all,” said Supervisor Tony Conwell.
Supervisor William Cain addressed Catlett.
“Since our last meeting where do things stand with Liberty and Low Ground Road?” he asked. According to Catlett VDOT has been waiting for the outfall ditches to be cleaned which is the County’s responsibility to handle — not VDOT. Catlett also stated that environmental permits would need to be obtained and information has already been sent to the County regarding what is required and needed from an environmental standpoint. For the next several minutes each board member hit Catlett with one concern after another including, phone calls to VDOT regarding concerns and no follow-up call back in return. Concerns expressed to the VDOT representative include ditches that need to be cleaned causing serious problems with water standing in the roads, pipes under highways caving in some areas causing water build up, speed limit signs the list goes on.
As Catlett held his composure while giving the Board of Supervisors VDOTS answers to the questions that were being asked of him. He found himself in a tennis match with Cain.
“I met you personally on Low Ground Rd. and I am still waiting to hear on what can or can not be done,” Cain said. “We discussed that every time it rains people have swimming pools in their yard, and I want to know what can be done about it.”
Catlett said VDOT will not touch the outfall and that is going to be the responsibility of the County. Catlett broke down what he was referring to regarding the outfall that stops in the woods. According to Catlett VDOT doesn’t have permission to go back there. He said VDOT could get permission from the land owner.
“Why hasn’t it come up before that it is the responsibility of the County workforce to clean our ditches?” Supervisor Michael Ferguson asked.
Catlett explained that environmental permits were needed.
“That was my original question,” said Cain. “That was what our last meeting was about. So my question still remains where do we stand with the permits?”
Catlett’s response was that he sent the answer to the question to the County already.
“I was told that VDOT has taken care of all the permits,” said Supervisor Raymond Bryant. “I personally called the 800 number around two month ago regarding a beaver dam that has caused flooding in a residents yard. I’ve called twice now and an email was sent to you and nothing still has been done.”
Catlett said he was told was told the beaver dam had been removed. Supervisor Bryant it hadn’t been removed and went on to say that there was a resident that called and threatened he was going to call TV 6 regarding the flooding.
“I don’t like people threatening me over stuff that ya’ll don’t look after,” said Bryant. The Supervisor also expressed that he sees VDOT trucks with three or four workers riding around all day long while they just ride over pipes that are running under the highway that have begun to cave in.
Ferguson also addressed with Catlett the issues regarding Moores Ferry Rd. The community has addressed their concerns and presented the Board with a petition. Catlett was asked if there is anything that could be done would make the road safer for the residents in the area. There are log trucks that come through there speeding and vehicles are struggling to stay on the road.
“We can widen the road and move the ditches to make it safer , but that would require a project,” he said. “And if you are concerned about the trucks and the speeding, we do have a safety truck program.”
Catlett stated that he would have a safety study done on Moores Ferry Rd. incorporating all the advisory signs or any other type of signs needed in the area. He stated that he could also have a speed limit study done in the area.
The floor was opened to any citizens comments. Herbert Scott local resident took a stand to address the Board about the bridge on Moores Ferry Rd.
“All this time and all the work behind it, the bridge is horrible,” said Scott.
He indicated that for the last 24 years he had been fighting to get a bridge installed and it finally happened. After all the work that was done to install the railings they were installed too narrow. Scott was under the impression that the bride was supposed to have four railings and only 25 feet on each end for a total of 100 feet. Scott went on to say that 100 feet was put in on each end instead of 25 feet and the black top was not installed far enough inside the railings. Scott’s concern is the bridge is now too narrow to pass another vehicle and could cause a serious accident.
Resident Neal Mitchell addressed the Board.
“I would like to thank VDOT for the work that has been done,” he said. “There has been an improvement but there is still more ditch work to be done.”
Another local resident Jamie Bryant also addressed the Board saying that Low Ground Rd. during heavy rains, coming off of Little Low Ground Rd. onto Creek Rd. was an accident waiting to happen when water stands there and has nowhere to go. Bryant also indicated that the drop off to the ditches was steep and the culvert pipes underneath the roads were caving in, including Hill Top Ln.
Ferguson also addressed issues regarding Moores Ferry Rd.
The community has addressed their concerns and presented the Board with a petition.
Catlett was asked if there is anything that could be done to make the road safer for the residents in “We can widen the road and move the ditches to make it safer that would require a project,” Catlett said. “And if you are concerned about the trucks and the speeding we do have a safety truck program.”
Catlett stated that he would have a safety study done on Moores Ferry Road incorporating all the cute advisory sign or any other type of signs needed in the area. He stated that he could also have a speed limit study done in the area.
“As far as I am concerned the ball is in VDOT’s court,” Ferguson said.