While it officially remains the responsibility of VDOT to build and maintain our roadways, a lack of funding is always the excuse given to not improve our safety and volume capacity today. However, the problems really begin with the lack of a long term plan or any direction to follow. Our present elected officials have wasted years without creating a county-wide master plan that prioritizes fixing traffic hot spots and instead have submitted a patchwork quilt of small projects that don’t even keep up with the current volumes. We citizens voted for a bond referendum a few years ago to improve specific major traffic improvements that was over $60M in local money to help match the state funds needed to get started. This was an unprecedented demand from voters to fix our traffic woes. The current officials have instead chosen to “rob Peter” and use some of these bond funds to work on small pet projects that the public had no input on, and continue to ignore the major arteries such as the Spotsylvania Exit 126 off I-95 and Route 1, that are choked with congestion and projected to fail (become gridlocked) within the next 5-7 years!
Raymond Bell will fight the stagnant bureaucracy for a county-wide engineered transportation master plan that looks 25 years to the future, to be completed ASAP, which focuses on rural road safety first, and congestion at major intersections second, and capacity expansions of long term forecasts as the blueprint for what comes next.