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One last hearing set before VDOT closing

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — There's time for one last secondary road public hearing before the Virginia Department of Transportation's Hillsville residency closes.

Residency Administrator Bob Beasley appeared before the Carroll supervisors Jan. 11 to schedule the last such hearing before oversight is transferred to the Martinsville VDOT residency.

"I can't believe a year has gone by, but it has, and we now have to schedule another public hearing," Beasley told the supervisors.

The funding situation has not improved, regrettably, he said. Carroll County still has one project that's funded on Virginia 620 near Interstate 77's Exit 19.

Despite the fact that there's no more funding, a public hearing is still required by law, so Beasley asked for the supervisors to schedule the hearing.

"I don't know that you folks are aware of this or not, but our office is slated to close." Beasley said. "The office should close on April 23, so if we could get a public hearing in March, I'd feel better to kind of leave with things tied up, so to speak."

Supervisors' Chairman Wes Hurst said he doesn't like the fact that VDOT is closing its Hillsville office.

Hurst commended Beasley for the transportation project that got the Coltrane bridge on U.S. 52 replaced and for getting the job done on schedule.

County officials suggested setting the public hearing for the March 8 board of supervisors meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Beasley agreed to that and asked the county board to schedule a back-up time, in case the original date has to be postponed. The supervisors set April 14, their regular meeting date.

In other VDOT business, Supervisor Tom Littrell asked about the truck restrictions being placed on Virginia 620 for Lambsburg Mountain.

The study and comment periods are complete, and the engineer should be finishing that up soon, Beasley said. In the meantime, the transportation department has received three letters from citizens supporting the ban on big commercial trucks using the steep and winding road on Lambsburg Mountain.

Beasley couldn't imagine anything that would cause the restrictions to fall through.