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Akers urging VDOT to install guardrail along Viscoe Road

Despite the cost, a Pulaski County supervisor is urging transportation officials to install guardrail along sections of Viscoe Road.
"I’d hate to see someone lose their life or be disabled because of $20,000 to $30,000 worth of guardrail," Ingles District Supervisor Ranny Akers told Virginia Department of Transportation Resident Engineer David Clarke Monday.
Last month, Clarke said installing guardrail on Viscoe Road in areas where trees have been removed could cost as much as $27,000 and would have to be paid for out of the county’s limited secondary road construction budget.
Nonetheless, Akers said the need for guardrail on Viscoe Road is more pressing than other areas of the county. He said he thinks the road should be a priority.
Last fall, Supervisors Chairman Joe Sheffey asked VDOT to look into the possibility of installing guardrail along sections of the road because tree removal has left steep drop-offs that could pose a hazard to motorists.
Akers said the trees served as a natural guardrail, but now that they are gone a serious situation exists.
"If a car misses the curve and goes off the road there, it’s probably going to be worked as a fatality," Akers told Clarke.
Clarke has estimated 800 feet of guardrail would be needed. However, he warned the board of supervisors in February that the county will not be getting any additional funds through 2010 for secondary road construction.
He suggested the county might want to establish guidelines for guardrail installation, such as daily traffic or traffic accident histories.
VDOT has received two additional requests for guardrail installation on Mines Road and Doc Carr Road. Estimated cost of those projects is $28,000.

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Akers urging VDOT to install guardrail along Viscoe Road

Despite the cost, a Pulaski County supervisor is urging transportation officials to install guardrail along sections of Viscoe Road.
"I’d hate to see someone lose their life or be disabled because of $20,000 to $30,000 worth of guardrail," Ingles District Supervisor Ranny Akers told Virginia Department of Transportation Resident Engineer David Clarke Monday.
Last month, Clarke said installing guardrail on Viscoe Road in areas where trees have been removed could cost as much as $27,000 and would have to be paid for out of the county’s limited secondary road construction budget.
Nonetheless, Akers said the need for guardrail on Viscoe Road is more pressing than other areas of the county. He said he thinks the road should be a priority.
Last fall, Supervisors Chairman Joe Sheffey asked VDOT to look into the possibility of installing guardrail along sections of the road because tree removal has left steep drop-offs that could pose a hazard to motorists.
Akers said the trees served as a natural guardrail, but now that they are gone a serious situation exists.
"If a car misses the curve and goes off the road there, it’s probably going to be worked as a fatality," Akers told Clarke.
Clarke has estimated 800 feet of guardrail would be needed. However, he warned the board of supervisors in February that the county will not be getting any additional funds through 2010 for secondary road construction.
He suggested the county might want to establish guidelines for guardrail installation, such as daily traffic or traffic accident histories.
VDOT has received two additional requests for guardrail installation on Mines Road and Doc Carr Road. Estimated cost of those projects is $28,000.

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