First, let me apologize for lack of posts lately. There have been lots of good family events going on – graduations and visits. And, the summer may be spotty with vacations and, at times, lack of news to report. But, it sure is nice to be going into summer – at least you won’t have any posts from me about snow!!!

Thank you.

Safe Routes to School- Gilbert Linkous Elementary – Environmental approvals were received last week for the GLE Safe Routes to School sidewalk plan. Construction authorization is currently being sought from VDOT prior to advertisement for construction bid. The project will construct a traffic calming and a pedestrian refuge island at the crossing guard location on Toms Creek Road in front of the school. In addition, sidewalk will be constructed along Watson Lane and Broce Drive, east of Toms Creek Road.

Safe Routes to School- Margaret Beeks Elementary – The Safe Routes to School committee for Margaret Beeks Elementary School is currently being organized. An initial meeting was held this week. Parent surveys were completed last spring. The committee decided to send additional surveys to new students and Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten students next week. In addition, Safe Routes to School information will be displayed at the Spring Fest to be held at the school on June 7.

Country Club Drive Multi-Use Trail – Survey work is complete and preliminary route alternatives are being evaluated for the Country Club Drive Trail. The segment of trail adjacent to Margaret Beeks was reviewed with PTO representatives in conjunction with the Safe Routes to School meeting. Feedback will be provided from the school administration regarding priorities for the area of campus adjacent to Country Club Drive. This revenue sharing project is scheduled to be constructed in Spring 2011.

Turner and Webb Streets Intersection Improvement – Improvements will begin at the intersections of Turner and Webb Streets and Price’s Fork beginning June 1st. This project originated when the New River Valley Bicycle Association conducted a bike count at various intersections in town and discovered the high volume of bicycle and pedestrian crossings at this intersection. Due to concerns about bicycle and pedestrian safety and this intersection’s proposed future designation as part of the Downtown Bike Loop, this project became a top priority for the Corridor Committee. Working in conjunction with the Committee, the Town proposed using in-house forces to accomplish this work as quickly and as cost effective as possible. The proposed improvements include: realigned roadways designed to reduce vehicular speeds, wide sidewalks for bicycle and pedestrian shared use, directional curb ramps and bike ramps, minor drainage improvements, pavement marking and signage, and landscaping. In addition, the Town is working in conjunction with VT Electric to underground utilities in the vicinity of this intersection.

Turner Street from Perry Street to Price’s Fork Road will be closed for an approximate four week duration beginning June 1st. Upon completion of improvements to Turner Street, work will begin on Webb Street. Webb Street will be closed after the entrance to Shealor Apartments to Price’s Fork Road during the month of July. Every effort is being made to complete this work as quickly as possible to reduce the inconvenience to the travelling public. Once the road closure is in place, no through traffic will be allowed within the limits of construction. Be advised of these road closures to make alternate commuting decisions for the duration of this construction project.