Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
A road project critical for HCA’s hospital
When Silver Companies got approval for a rezoning of 182 acres for three commercial pods and an office complex south of U.S. 17 and east of the interstate, they promised to build a bridge over the interstate and extend Spotsylvania Parkway through the hospital to Hospital Boulevard that will connect with U.S. 17 and Overview Drive. HCA spokesmen say this road work is very important for the hospital they expect to be very busy.
So on Feb. 10, supervisors met in closed session with Silver Cos. officials to look at options to pay for the $15.5 million road project. They exited the private meeting with no comment. But, from what I gather from the closed session agenda, they discussed alternative ways—namely a tax service district—to pay for the road work. A story is running tomorrow explaining what might happen to get that road work finished—when the hospital opens. If for some reason the work is not done, you can expect some serious traffic control problems for people coming and going to the hospital. That’s been said from the beginning. The hospital expects to open in early 2010.