Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
VDOT “not able to grant” Dominion Raceway entrance waiver
The Virginia Department of Transportation said today it couldn’t grant Dominion Raceway’s request for an entrance near a ramp onto Interstate 95.
But VDOT didn’t outright deny it, either.
“While we are not able to grant an exception based on our review of the traffic impact study…we are willing to continue discussion and will make full consideration of your request as we move forward,” VDOT official Angela Foroughi wrote in a letter today to the raceway and Spotsylvania County, where it would be located.
VDOT spokeswoman Kelly Hannon said they need more information from the applicant.
The raceway submitted a waiver request to VDOT for its entrance–which would be just 280 feet from an I-95 on-ramp–as well as its own traffic study on Jan. 24. VDOT was required to respond within 30 days.
Raceway Developer Steve Britt hopes to open the facility in spring 2014 on 160 acres at the northeast corner of the Thornburg exit off Interstate 95. If built, it will include an oval track for stock-car racing, a drag strip and a road course.
The county Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors must approve a rezoning and special-use permit after holding public hearings. No public hearings have been set for those requests.
The Planning Commission is scheduled to have a public hearing March 6 on Comprehensive Plan amendments being requested by the raceway. They will make a recommendation to supervisors, who have the final say.
Check back for updates and click here for VDOT’s response to the raceway.