Town Manager Larry DiRe provided the following updates on VDOT project in Cape Charles.
The Mason Avenue parking pattern is proposed to change from the current back-in angle parking to pull-in angle parking in the central business district area. Parallel parking is proposed for the north side of Mason Avenue in the residential-oriented 500 and 600 blocks. VDOT approval is required for parking pattern changes. Project status is as follows:
• Staff submitted the proposed parking pattern survey site plan to VDOT traffic engineering for preliminary review and received the plan back with no additional questions from VDOT traffic engineering staff (per June 26, 2019 email from Chris Isdell).
• Staff contacted VDOT local staff and traffic engineering on specifics for the final application and received additional information on the contents of the project narrative (address road closure and alternate route during road closure) and additional VDOT required forms (per several phone email correspondence with traffic engineering staff and specifically per August
5 email from Brian Gale).
• If the proposed parking pattern is approved by VDOT, Mason Avenue will likely be closed for up to three days. Timing of the project is critical to limit interruptions of day-to-day activities in the central business district.
The town is getting close to receiving VDOT approval to bid the construction project for Phase 3 of the community trail:
• DEQ approved the Stormwater Management/Erosion and Sediment Control Plan on July 26,We can now register for the construction general permit.
• We received VDOT approval of the 100% construction plans on July 25, 2019, except for the drainage area calculations to support sizing of the Jellyfish nutrient removal unit. These were provided on July 29, 2019.
• VDOT has agreed to do the Threatened and Endangered Species update and to provide construction inspection services.
Staff has been in regular contact with the VDOT consultant tasked with conducting the upcoming traffic count. Project schedule runs from mid-August through mid-September. The project includes:
• VDOT will be conducting 48-hour volume and classification traffic counts. Expect to see traffic road tubes across the lanes of travel secured to a traffic counting device roadside.
• Contact information for VDOT traffic engineering staff directly associated with this project was provided to town staff as was the opportunity to be on the weekly project update email list (accepted).
• Staff and the consultant discussed special attention being given to the data for Old Cape Charles Road south of the hump to the stop sign at the 642 intersection to review the 35 miles per hour speed zone (in the past the town requested VDOT review that speed limit for better golf cart