Raspberry Falls HOA On Monday we had our 6th Stakeholders committee meeting for Route 15.
One of the main issues that has been largely misunderstood by the community is the timeline of events going forward. Specifically, most people think that because we have funding, that we are ready to start building. Now that we have funding, all the real work begins, and this will take several years. We are in Fiscal Year 19 (FY19) right now, which started this July. The earliest construction start date is FY23 (July of 2022 at the earliest) and construction completion earliest date is July 2024. Yes, six years from now, at the earliest, to be complete. And that date could easily slip. They have to procure engineering services to do a design (6-8 month RFP process starting right now). They have to do the design and environmental study (1-2 years). They have to acquire land, and depending on how cooperative land owners are, that can take a long time in the court system if it gets ugly. This is the biggest variable in the date slipping, but they expect this to take up to 2 years. Once that is done, they have to acquire construction services through a 6-8 month RFP process, and once that happens they can start construction, with construction last 2-3 years. The construction involves four laning to Montressor, building shoulders, a median with turn lanes, and a bike path. This is not a small project.
Before this though, they are still planning to modify the intersection where King Street merges with Route 15 to extend the merge lane to make it easier and safer for traffic to merge there. It is mostly a re-striping process, with a little bit of additional pavement being added. We could see that done before the end of this calendar year. It’s in VDOTs hands and they are just working through dotting i’s and crossing t’s to get started and get the work into the queue of VDOT projects.
In the meantime, we continue to look at the rest of the corridor. They have done a study of various configurations for the rest of the corridor, and it looks like a bypass around the town of Lucketts is the best possible solution, along with some additional four-laning of Route 15 up to the bypass. However, they are asking for input from the stakeholders and our communities on this topic.
There are two concepts. Concept A is essentially a bypass with NO additional four laning past Montressor. The other is Concept B, which is the bypass WITH additional four laning. You can see both concepts here:

[1] The traffic analysis of each concept is on slide 5 of this presentation:
www.raspberryfalls.org/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=383&qid=29645 [2] To summarize it for you. In Concept A, you still have considerable northbound traffic queueing in the evening, backing up from Lucketts almost all the way to White’s Ferry. In Concept B, where you have four laning all the way to the proposed bypass, you move the queue to the river. The queue still exists, but it is moved farther north, allowing more Virginians to get home faster. In both Concepts there is minimal southbound queueing in the morning, though there is some queuing at the Lucketts bypass with concept A.
You can also see a “No Build” Concept, which essentially means, once the project is complete to Montressor, we are done. In the “No Build” concept, you can see there are significant queues in the morning and even longer queues in the evening due to the intersections at Montressor and Lucketts. Traffic continues to backup past White’s Ferry in the evenings in 2040 with No Build.
We have been asked to gather input from our communities on which Concept you prefer. There are some who do not want to see any more widening or a bypass in that area, because they believe it will ruin the natural beauty of the area, and will also encourage more vehicles to use the road. To some extent this will attract more vehicles. The engineers stated that they project traffic will induce 1.25% more vehicles per year as a result of these congestion relief efforts. While widening will bring more vehicles it is minimal. As long as there is a single lane bridge and a light at the bridge, causing severe queues for vehicles traversing the bridge, traffic induction will stay relatively low.
Please send an email to dagoodru+route15@gmail.com with your input on these concepts so that we can summarize your input to the board. We have to get our communities input back to the board BY AUGUST 1, so I would ask that you get in your input as soon as possible. The options are: Concept A (bypass with no additional for laning), Concept B (bypass with four laning to the bypass), or No Build. Additional comments are always welcome as well.
Links to the documents are also provided below.
o AGENDA [3] o Funding Update [4] o Route 15 Project Update from Supervisor Higgins [5] o Presentation [6] o Summary of Stakeholder comments on concepts [7] o Modified Concepts A & B [8] Links: —— [1] www.raspberryfalls.org/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=382&qid=29645 [2] www.raspberryfalls.org/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=383&qid=29645 [3] www.raspberryfalls.org/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=385&qid=29645 [4] www.raspberryfalls.org/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=386&qid=29645 [5] www.raspberryfalls.org/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=387&qid=29645 [6] www.raspberryfalls.org/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=388&qid=29645 [7] www.raspberryfalls.org/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=389&qid=29645 [8] www.raspberryfalls.org/wp-content/plugins/civicrm/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=390&qid=29645