Bath Supervisors’ Chair Gives Monthly Report

Mobility is an important necessity to living and doing business in Bath County. Safe and drivable roads that are free from debris and potential hazards keeps traffic moving to get to and from work, appointments, errands or entertainment and is the primary method to transport goods and services to market. Good roads are essential to our community. The Board of Supervisors regularly is briefed by Virginia Department of Transportation representatives on plans for improving roads in Bath County.

One such project being planned is drainage improvements at the intersection of Route 220 and Route 615 where Main Street intersects in Hot Springs. The downtown area of Hot Springs has the tendency to experience increase flows of water from weather events. The state is engineering the project to better handle the flow of water. The state will keep the County updated on start date and specifics of the project.

On a yearly basis, the Virginia Department of Transportation provides the Board of Supervisors with a proposed six-year plan for County road improvement projects, prioritized based on state planning status and funding availability, as well as from previous public requests and input. Following receipt of the proposed plan document from the state, the County schedules a public hearing to receive public input on the plan. This year the public hearing is to be scheduled for the Board meeting on June 9. In advance of the public hearing, the proposed plan will be available to view on the County’s website and at the County Administrator’s office.

Over the years, adopted six-year plans have resulted in many roads and bridges throughout the County improved. The Board hopes you will provide input on the proposed six-year plan for the County to partner with the state’s efforts in addressing “Our Roads/Our Citizens”.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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