Hanover County has secured the additional funding needed to widen Pole Green Road from Bell Creek Road to just beyond Rural Point Road.
Canova Peterson, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, made the announcement at the Board’s May 22 meeting, following approval of a rezoning case that provided a cash contribution proffer of approximately $800,000 to be used for improvements to Pole Green Road.
The zoning decision comes on the heels of a decision by the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) last month to approve nearly $13 million for the widening of Pole Green Road.
Along with the TPO funding and the proffer money from the rezoning case, Hanover County has designated $5.5 million in general funds in its five-year Capital Improvements Program (CIP) for the project. An additional $1.6 million is available in secondary road funds from the Virginia Department of Transportation.
This combination of funds provides the $21 million Hanover County needs to complete the widening of Pole Green Road. The project will include new signalization and other improvements at the intersection of Pole Green and Lee-Davis roads.
The Department of Public Works will begin design of the project later this year, a process that will take several years. A community meeting on the proposed design will be held when a preliminary design is completed.
Acquisition of right-of-way needed will begin in Fiscal Year 2022, with construction scheduled to begin in Fiscal Year 2025.
There have been several phases of improvements to Pole Green Road. The improvements began in 2004 with the installation of a new traffic signal at the intersections of Pole Green and Bell Creek roads and continued in 2009 with the widening of Pole Green Road from the I-295 interchange to Bell Creek Road. In 2011, additional through and turn lanes were built at the intersection of Pole Green and Bell Creek roads.
There is also news regarding Atlee Station Road. At last month’s meeting, the TPO also agreed to provide $2.5 million in funding for Phase II of the widening of Atlee Station Road, with a commitment to provide additional funding. The proposed project involves widening Atlee Station Road to four lanes between Atlee Manor and Charter Gate Drive.