The sidewalks in Fincastle will finally get the needed uplift beginning on January 6, 2014. It has been a long time coming. A VDOT MAP 21 grant was awarded in 2010 and finding small pots of money to earmark on the part of the Town of Fincastle over several years as a 20 per cent match caused a dely. Finding a bidder for the contract has been time consuming as well, and took several attempts announcing the project to bids.
Dave Tickner the Town Manager said, “We are pleased to announce that Virginia-Carolina Paving Co. out of South Boston will begin the project on Jan. 6.” The project is just shy of $700,000. “Fortunately, Virginia-Carolina has had experience with these types of grant projects,” said Tickner.
“This is a really big deal for a tiny locality with an annual operating budget of about $135, 000 to have a big grant of $700,000 awarded and now we will see the project to completion,” he said.
Tickner will hold a pre-construction meeting with county and school officials on Dec. 16 about the 240 day project. The sidewalk construction will involve closing a portion of Main Street to through traffic. “Everyone needs to be aware,” said Tickner. He plans to speak to PTA’s at Breckinridge, CAMS and notify BTEC and James River High School. They and county employees in town are responsible for much of the through traffic in morning and evening.
The first area under construction will be Monroe Street in the town. It is a short section connecting to the ball fields of Breckinridge Elementary School and runs east to Main Street.