Fork Union will soon have a new look along Rt. 15 near Fork Union Military Academy, the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors learned Wednesday night (Feb. 18).
From the Fork Union post office to Pettit Foster Lane, Rt. 15 will be improved with curbs and gutters, crosswalks, concrete sidewalks with grass utility strips, vehicle entrances, street lights, and metering equipment, at a cost of $481,760.
The Fork Union streetscape project is mostly funded by two transportation grants from VDOT. VDOT put in 80 percent of the funds, or $385,000, and the county contributed a required 20 percent match at $96,760.
Three alternate plans give the options of extending the improvement area to Academy Road, substituting brick pavers in lieu of the grass utility strips, and adding trees and furnishings. The alternate plans come at a total additional cost of $106,000.
S. Walker Construction submitted the lowest bid and expects to begin the project sometime in March, Finance Director Eric Dahl told supervisors. The project should be completed around the end of November.
Between money already expended, the $354,730 construction contract itself, and a 5 percent contingency fund, the $481,760 is essentially completely allocated. “It’s going to be tight,” Dahl said.
Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve the contract with S. Walker Construction.