Katie Thisdell reports on news from Stafford County. Contact her at email@example.com or at 540/735-1975.
County moves forward on projects
The gold shovels and scisssors got some use Tuesday, when several projects ceremonially moved to the next step as part of today’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Here’s a quick recap. (And here’s the story about the board adopting a budget and $1.07 tax rate last night.)
Groundbreaking for commuter lot expansion at Leeland VRE Station
Adding 196 spaces to the commuter lot will cost just over $1 million. However, by rebidding the Leeland and Brooke lots at the same time, instead of separately as was first done, the county saved $1 million. (A groundbreaking could be planned for May 15 at the Brooke VRE lot.)
Construction has started already, and could be done around September, said VRE Project Manager Kip Foster. “If the weather is as good as it has been the past few months, we hope we can do better than that,” he said after the ceremony. There are about 400 spots already at the lot.
Ribbon cutting for Falmouth sidewalks
As I reported in Tuesday’s paper, part of the Belmont-Ferry Farm Trail is nearing completion. A new sidewalk runs along Washington Street, in front of Amy’s Cafe, and under the Falmouth Bridge. The existing trail in Pratt Park now extends a good ways through Brooks Park, up until the top of the hill. Building a switchback to connect the two pieces is the last part of Phase 3.