​Improving Local Roads

​Currently, Culpeper’s leaders use funds for new roads like the Outer Loop. The latest 1.95 section of the Outer Loop cost a minimum of $17.1 million. They also use funds to pave low-trafficked secondary roads that are still unpaved. It is time to focus on improving the heavily-trafficked secondary roads. $17.1 million would have gone a long way in improving many miles of secondary roads, especially those where adjoining landowners are willing partners.  

Most secondary public roads in the state of Virginia are state roads and have been since 1932:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byrd_Road_Act

The big curve in Hwy 29 at Reva is the same today as it as during the Civil War, as is the shape of Reva Rd! The traffic count on Reva Rd near Hwy 29 is 2500 vehicles per day.  

While the roads are owned by the state, counties play a large role in roads. Anyone that regularly goes between Rappahannock County and Culpeper County can see the difference. There needs to be a concerted effort to improve major secondary roads. The prioritization should be as objective as possible, with the goal of making the greatest improvement for the largest number of travelers. I use Reva Rd as an example, because I am most familiar with it, not because I believe it would receive the highest priority in an objectively ranked list of improvements.  

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