King William County is fine tuning five separate projects for road improvements for future consideration by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB).
Known as “Smart Scale” projects, the applications are being developed by County Staff with assistance from VDOT. Once each application is developed, the Board of Supervisors will weigh in and ultimately approve the final submittal.
Director of Planning, Sherry Graham, will present the projects at the January 10 Work Session of the Board of Supervisors. Prior to that, the Town Council of West Point will review a project that is within the Town limits.
The tentative projects under development are:
- Improve turn lanes and radii to facilitate turning movements at 15th Street intersection at West Point.
- Provide left turn lane East Bound (EB) 360 to Choctaw Ridge to eliminate turning movement from through lane on EB 360 at Route 360 and Choctaw Ridge to Central Crossing Shopping Center.
- Provide adequate right turn lane EB Route 360 to Mt. Pleasant and left turn lane West Bound (WB) 360 to Mt. Pleasant Road on Route 360 and Mt. Pleasant Road intersection.
- Extend right and left turn lanes EB 360 to Venter Road and Walnut Lane and add left turn WB 360 to Walnut Lane at Venter and Walnut Lane intersection.
- Provide left turn lane WB 360 to Mill Road at the Mill Road intersection with Route 360.
Cost estimates for the projects are still being developed. More details will be shared as various discussions take place.
State Funding Announced for Goat Dairies
Governor Northam announced December 20 that two goat dairies in King William and one in King and Queen received a state grant for additions to their farms.
Bees Knees Farm and Riverwatch Farm in King William, and Cardinal Lane Farm in King and Queen were awarded a combined total of $16,675 to purchase a commercial milking system, cheese processing equipment, and milk house expansion.
Big kudos to Bees Knees owner Sarah Williams for providing much of the detail for the grant application.
Three Rivers Health District Sends Out COVID-19 Reminder
Officials at the Three Rivers Health District sent out a reminder on December 21 to localities they serve regarding COVID-19:
“The CDC announced that the Omicron variant has now become dominant in the United States. Omicron is the most contagious virus we have ever seen. COVID-19 vaccination is by far our most powerful weapon in the fight against all COVID-19 variants. Preventing serious COVID-19 disease is critically important to protect our highly stressed hospitals. Please get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. If you are vaccinated and eligible for a booster dose, please get the booster dose as soon as possible. More details on the recommended COVID-19 vaccination and booster schedules for all ages may be found at http://vaccinate.virginia.gov/.”
King William is averaging nine cases a day per a seven-day average. Since February, 2020, 2,306 residents have had COVID-19, with 70 needing hospitalization and 20 passing away.
BOS Seeking Applications for Reassessment and Redistricting Advisory Committees and Economic Development Authority Board
The Board of Supervisors is seeking applications from King William residents to serve on the Economic Development Authority and the Reassessment and Redistricting select committees.
Applications should be submitted to the County Administrator’s office as soon as possible. The BOS will be considering appointments at their December 27 and January 10 meeting and work session. Applications are available from the County website - https://kingwilliamcounty.us/236/County-Boards-Commissions.